The annual PERSEUS student space research seminar, organized by CNES’s Launch Vehicles Directorate (DLA), was held virtually on 28 and 29 January. Kicked off at the Paris Air Show in 2005, the project seeks to lay the groundwork for the future and engage young students to get them interested in careers in the field of space launch, while encouraging and supporting entrepreneurs in the launcher domain, nurturing innovations and developing promising technologies for space transportation conceived by students at university or through associations. In all, 23 engineering schools, universities and associations are involved in the initiative, representing 400 members of whom 350 are students.
In the current circumstances, CNES, supervisors, partners and small and medium-sized firms are looking through PERSEUS to support students and give them every chance to build a bright future by reinventing space and tomorrow’s world. Acutely aware of the challenges of delivering and following lectures, organizing and sitting examinations in the best possible conditions and continuing research and production activities, the agency was keen to thank students and supervisors once again for their strong commitment and unwavering motivation this year. The seminar, to which CNES Director of Launch Vehicles Jean-Marc Astorg gave the opening address, aimed to review activities in 2020 and look ahead to 2021 with presentations from students and discussions between stakeholders. The two-day event ended with a prizegiving ceremony with Deputy Director of Launch Vehicles Véronique Palatin.
The Innovative Projects Prize goes to three new entrants to the PERSEUS programme: the ENSAM engineering school in Angers, which made ecodesign one of the main thrusts of its teaching and developed a ‘biosourced’ and biodegradable fairing for the ASTREOS launcher; and the IPL association at the IPSA aerospace engineering school and the ENSTAIR association at the ENSTA engineering school for their work designing liquid oxygen and ethanol motor pumps for a possible future PERSEUS engine.
Best Teamwork Prize goes to the Centrale Lille and EFREI engineering schools for their collaborative efforts developing the first bi-liquid-propulsion launcher for PERSEUS and more specifically the control and acquisition unit, for which activities dedicated to the ground segment are of prime importance.
Best Poster Prize goes to the IPL association at IPSA for its two posters for the Mini-Visérion project implementing an ingenious nozzle deployment system designed to increase propulsive efficiency and for studies related to a liquid oxygen motor pump.
The New Schools and Associations Prize to those joining the project this year go to:
• ENSAM Angers, for its work on ecodesign
• ENSAM Aix, for its work on mobile pintle technology
• CNAM Toulouse, which will be working on the HMS part of the rocket
• CNAM Paris, for its work on energy materials
• The ENST’AIR PARIS association at ENSTA, for its work on the ethanol motor pumps
• The IPL association at IPSA, for its work not only on the liquid oxygen motor pump but also the nozzle deployment system