In short

C²ERES (French acronym for Campus and Research Centre for Space Exploration) is the space campys of the ComUE PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres). Supported and hosted at the Paris Observatory, an engineering room and other test rooms at Meudon are managed through C²ERES. Projects and technology development are fostered in the promising area of nano-satellites.

Within C²ERES we aim to support the design and realisation of nanosatellite projects, co-piloted by two recognized entities in space research and teaching in system engineering:

  • ESEP, Laboratory of Excellence designated "Space Exploration of Planetary Environments" (N°2011-LABX-030), is the promoter, and provides with scientific and technical experts at the space campus.
  • The OSAE, or Tools and Systems in Astronomy and Space master, decides on the pedagogical choices, makes the campus work and ensures smooth running of the projects.


Working structure


The strategy at C²ERES is based on a new way of working:

  • by accompanying and sharing ideas;
  • by developing a project incubator to explore different thematic and technological fields;
  • by supporting the realisation of projects,
  • by the implementation of methods specifically adapted to nanosatellite projects.

This strategy is built around three areas:

  • Scientific: does the project’s goal contribute to advancing science?
  • Pedagogical: Does the project provide training opportunities for students?
  • Technological: Does this project make progress in mastering the technologies of tomorrow?

Drawing on the human and material resources of PSL and the Paris Observatory, C²ERES is a cradle of NanoSats projects and provides an ecosystem conducive to the initial growth of projects. Thus the projects supported by C²ERES mature and materialise and benefit from different types of support:

  • system engineering: establish the main parameters of the mission, provide the project with methods and tools;
  • Means: Subjecting the various nanosat subsystems to tests and environments representative of the mission;
  • Expertise: Providing space environment experts to support student work.


Leadership

C²ERES is managed by an operational team:

Functional and educational director: Benoît Mosser

Head of the OSAE Master, Benoît Mosser defines and implements the C²ERES strategy and ensures its smooth running.

Technical direction, advice, expertise and promotion of the campus: Boris Segret

LabEx ESEP system engineer, Boris Segret develops the original methods and tools available to projects and coordinates the use of C²ERES resources by projects.

Strategic and Scientific director: Pierre Drossart

Director of LESIA and LabEx ESEP, Pierre Drossart, together with the Executive Director, ensures the scientific stakes in the definition of the C²ERES strategy.

Guiding Committee

  • ComUE PSL
  • Paris Observatory – UFE (Unité Formation Enseignement)
  • The labex ESEP


Support network

With the nanosat revolution happening, C²ERES was founded to animate a debate both between projects to propose specific solutions, and between projects and institutions to promote nanosats. This dialogue continues within C²ERES through the experiences of its founding bodies.

Scientific Committee

The Labex ESEP ensures the scientific orientation of C²ERES through the involvement of its scientific committee in the choice of which projects to support.

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The objectivity of the scientific committee is guaranteed by its composition: The Scientific Committee is composed of twelve experts, half of them are ESEP members, and the other half are external members selected for their expertise. For certain types of projects, other recognized foreign experts can be asked to join. (Advisory Committee)

As part of C²ERES, the Scientific Committee studies nanosat project proposals and decides on a selection for financial support.



Partners

Supervision:

C²ERES is the space hub of the Paris-Sciences-Lettres university group.

At the ComUE PSL scientists, executives, lawyers and engineers are trained at the highest level for all trades of research, innovation and creativity the heart of their business. The various training courses at PSL, including those of the Institute of Technology and Innovation, are intended provide with the skills to participate in nanosatellite student projects.

Centre and Campus:

The Paris Observatory hosts the C²ERES Centre space Campus at the site at Meudon.

Support:

C²ERES is co-piloted by the Labex ESEP and the OSAE master.

The supporters of the C²ERES Center and Campus project are the Laboratory of Excellence "Spatial Exploration of Planetary Environments" (LabEx ESEP) for the organizational, stewardship and material management aspects and the expected research implications, and the OSAE Master for pedagogical aspect.

Other support:



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