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10th PERSEUS Seminar (29-30 January 2015)

Registration deadline extended to 18 January

The 2015 PERSEUS Seminar will take place on 29-30 January at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, Parc de La Villette, Paris.

The PERSEUS Project (Projet Étudiant de Recherche Spatiale Européen Universitaire et Scientifique) is a technology development initiative of the French space agency's Directorate of Launchers. Forming part of CNES's overall research and innovation drive, the aim is to encourage the emergence of innovative technological solutions for space projects of the future, using teams of young people from the worlds of education and industry. The various projects are carried out by young students and researchers in higher education.


The two-day Seminar will be devoted to presentations of the latest work done under PERSEUS. This covers studies and also actual hardware including on-the-ground and inflight demonstrators. You will thus be able to see for yourselves the achievements of the various project participants: students,  teachers, researchers, members of space associations, industrial partners.

You are welcome to attend the oral presentations or poster sessions prepared by the students and young researchers.

The Seminar will be followed on Saturday 31 January by the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the various demonstrator projects ongoing under macro-project ARES (Advanced Rocket for Experimental Studies) in 2015.

The deadline for registering for this year's PERSEUS Seminar has been extended to 18 January.  If you would like to attend, please register in time. Click on the link below to access the registration form:


PERSEUS Team contact details:

Partners: CNES, Bertin Technologies, GAREF Aérospatial, Planètes Sciences, MI-GSO, ONERA, Roxel, Université Evry Val d'Esssone.


Season's greetings from the CVA!


Rosetta Mission / Follow the Philae module's descent live

Copyright: ESA/ATG medialab

Wednesday 12 November 2014, a first in the history of space exploration! Follow the Philae module's descent live.

On Wednesday 12 November 2014, Rosetta, the space probe launched by the European Space Agency (ESA), will release the Philae module which is due to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is a first in the history of space exploration! A rendezvous not to be missed! You can follow developments live by going to one of the ESA Establishments where presentations on the background to the mission will be given, or by visiting this website: http://rosetta.esa.int/LS0EC10.html or one of the websites below.

Separation of the orbiter from the lander takes place this morning. Following a descent expected to last 7 hours, Philae will attempt to grip unknown ground, despite the very weak gravity. If it pulls off this extraordinary technical challenge, the lander will send back from the surface of the comet the first photos of this unknown landscape.

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Panel-Discussion, Salon-de-Provence, Thursday 6 November

Space applications
and their benefits to industry

Thursday 6 November 2014, from 6pm to 7.30pm
Air Base 701, École de l’Air
Amphithéâtre Marin La Meslée


Organised under the auspices of the 2014 Presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), held by Salon-de-Provence,
in partnership with the École de l'Air

What services, products and technologies can one develop so as to create applications drawing on the space sector? What are the areas of activity which benefit from this? What is the role of business incubators and competitiveness clusters? How can the end-user be involved, so as to better identify needs? Who are the actors in the PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur) region?

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Follow live the launch of Ariane 5 ECA – flight VA220

The launch of Ariane 5 ECA - flight VA220 is scheduled to take place from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport, on Thursday 16 October 2014, as early as possible within the following launch window:

  • 18:00 to 19:51, Kourou time
  • 21:00 to 21:51, UTC,
  • 23:00 to 00:51, Paris time (i.e. during the night of 16 to 17 October).

Ariane 5 V220 sur la Zone de Lancement
Image ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE–Optique Video du CSG, R. Pron

Start of video programme at 17:45 (Kourou) and 22:45 (Paris) :

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