June 22, 2020

CNES R&D CHALLENGE, PITCH DAY FOR LAUNCH SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE

Wednesday 24 June, research laboratories, start-ups, PMEs and other firms will be presenting their work contributing to the launch systems of the future to a top-level audience. CNES is allocating a budget of €1 million over 2020-2021 to fund the best innovations selected. The winning projects will be eligible to receive up to €100,000 euros.

At its Innovation Day on 7 February in Toulouse, CNES announced an R&D challenge under its Connect by CNES initiative, in partnership with ESA and ArianeGroup and with support from Starburst, designed to ease access to funding for launch systems. The challenge’s main themes cover launcher stage reuse, launcher optimization, processing of unconventional fuels like liquid methane and reduction of carbon footprints. In the current crisis, this unique event aims to support the space ecosystem.

No fewer than 10 entrants will be pitching their solutions at CNES’s Launch Vehicles Directorate (DLA):
•    Arkane, the communicating sensor
•    Hionos, piloting software
•    Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, propellant mass measurement
•    Venture Orbital System, 3D-printed engine
•    Oledcomm, optical communication
•    Posithôt, non-destructive testing
•    Meliad, composite materials
•    Exotrail, motorized dispenser
•    Sokaris, energy absorbers
•    Pytheas Technology, embedded diagnostics

Watch the future launch systems Pitch Day event live on YouTube
Wednesday 24 June, starting at 2.00 p.m.
https://entreprises.cnes.fr/fr/pitch-day-session-lanceurs-le-2406

CONTACTS
Pascale Bresson    Press Officer    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Raphaël Sart    Press Officer    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 74 51    raphael.sart@cnes.fr