The integration was carried out by Romain Briand, Sebastien Hesse and Laélien Rivière from 13/12/2018 to 16/01/2019 in the CSU clean room. Laélien was in charge of the functional tests which have not all be completed yet. A malfunction on a temperature sensor slowed down the process but after some troubleshooting the team successfully solved the problem.
MTCube will now undergo a series of environmental tests (vibrations, thermal vacuum) which will, for the first time, be carried out in Montpellier! Our thermal vacuum chamber sits on the ground floor of the CSU building and we will use a vibrating table lent by the LMGC, the University of Montpellier’s Laboratory of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, whom we thank for their help.
29/10/2018 - The CSU welcomes Yann Barbaux, the President of Aerospace Valley
On 29th October 2018, CSU was happy to receive Yann Barbaux, the new President of Aerospace Valley. Created in 2005, Aerospace Valley is the most significant innovation cluster in France in the fields of aeronautics, space and embedded systems. Counting over 840 members from both the industry and the academia, Aerospace Valley represents around 1/3 of the French aerospace workforce. Their aim is to stimulate employment and innovation by fostering local and regional competencies in technical and economic areas.
Mr Barbaux met Laurent Dusseau, the Director of the CSU, and Frederic Saigné, the Director of the Van Allen Foundation and was given a tour of our premises. He noticed the vitality of our projects and the strong involvement of our teams and suggested increasing our cooperation around new projects.
25/7/2018 - CELESTA irradiated!
The irradiation model of CELESTA has just spent one week in the irradiation chamber of the CHARM facility of CERN in Geneva. CELESTA’s payload is a miniaturized version of CERN’s radiation monitor or RADMON which will be implemented at CHARM once qualified in orbit.
During the 6 first days the satellite was submitted to radiation levels equivalent to those expected in space, during the last day the shielding was removed to test the tolerance of the platform to high particle flows. CELESTA worked reliably until the end of the test and demonstrated its ability to manage radiation induced errors autonomously. The 1U platform common to CELESTA and MTCube is thus one step closer to validation.
The tests were conducted by Thierry Fiol and Joël Durand from Nimes Polytechnic as well as Laélien Rivière, Master’s student and intern with us.
16/6/2018 - CSU at the Toulouse Space Show
Hosted by CNES (the French space agency) on their stand, CSU took part in the Toulouse Space Show from 26th to 28th June. The show is an important meeting point for the space sector industrialists of 46 countries. On the stand our students were always ready to answer questions and build up new contacts. Muriel represented us during the launch of the Interreg SUDOE program (https://www.interreg-sudoe.eu/gbr/home). This program encourages international collaboration around nanosatellites projects between countries of South Europe. CSU will lead a work group involving Spanish, Portugese and French universities. We were also happy to welcome a new founding member within the Van Allen Foundation, the Assystem company which specializes in energy and digital solutions.
19/6/2018 - ROBUSTA-1B, 1 year in space!
Happy anniversary ROBUSTA-1B!!!
All our friends, supports and students gathered at the CSU on 19th June to celebrate R1B’s first year in orbit and share a cake bearing the mission logo. After one year in space ROBUSTA is still sending some valuable scientific data without giving any sign of weakness.
5/4/2018 - Astronaut Thomas Pesquet invited to Montpellier by the Van Allen Foundation!
Astrophysicist Daniel Kunth and astronaut Thomas Pesquet received a warm welcome during their presentations at the Montpellier conference on 5th April. They both emphasized the importance of the space industry as a job provider and insisted on the need for training. They also answered numerous questions from an audience ranging from 7 to 77 years of age. Thank you Daniel and Thomas for sharing your enthusiasm and experience with us!
19/10/2017 - Congratulations Camille and Thomas!
Our interns Camille Cambon, today a PhD student with the LMGC laboratory and Thomas Falanga who is completing a degree at Nimes Polytechnic, have both been congratulated by ESA for taking part in the CELESTA CDR (Critical Design Review) within the Fly your Satellite program. Well done team!
3/5/2017 - The CELESTA Team is selected to join the ‘FLY Your Satellite!’ Program of ESA
One of the most prestigious European projects that the CELESTA Team has been selected to take part in is the ‘FLY Your Satellite!’ Program of ESA Education Office. Our students will be able to follow ESA courses and workshops and to receive technical support from ESA experts. CELESTA will also be launched free of charge from the ISS in 2019 thanks to this collaboration.