Safran partners 2011 Space and Industry Awards

The 22nd Space and Industry Awards, organized by Gifas (the French aerospace industry trade association), the association Planète Sciences and French space agency CNES, was held on November 26 at the Le Bourget Air and Space Museum near Paris. Safran, a partner in this event from the outset and a member of this year's jury, teamed up with Group company Europropulsion to award one of the prizes.

The Safran/Europropulsion award, handed out by Gilbert Font, Safran Vice President for Safran Corporate University, Training and Managerial Development, was given to the Eureka+ club for their Mercury experimental rocket. The successful launch of this rocket, fully developed by the club's team of budding "rocket scientists" 14 to 17 years old, was designed to measure the rocket's drag coefficient in flight. The rocket was fitted with a telemetry system, a 2-axis gyro and a pressure transducer.

Encouraging young talents
Safran has been a partner in this national competition since it was created in 1969. This participation helps enhance the Group's visibility among the young engineering students who belong to the space clubs in their schools (ISAE, INSA, Lyon, IPSA, etc.). Today, the Safran group has about 15 employees who originally belonged to these clubs.

The Space and Industry Awards is a biannual competition that recognizes projects developed by student aerospace clubs. The association Planète Sciences makes a preliminary selection of projects, according to their pertinence and quality, and submits them to a jury of industry representatives. This year's jury, comprising experts from six major aerospace companies and organizations*, recognized projects by a diverse range of clubs, from high schools, universities, engineering schools, etc. Through these awards, the French aerospace industry clearly expresses its interest in these clubs' projects, and encourages their development by providing financial support.

(*) SNES, EADS Sodern, EADS Astrium, Thales Alenia Space, Europropulsion and Safran

The competition covers three types of projects:

  • Experimental mini-rocket, including a recovery system.
  • Experimental rocket carrying a main scientific experiment (other than the recovery system).
  • Experimental balloon: experiments in a nacelle carried to an altitude of 30 kilometers by a stratospheric balloon.