In 2018, Universcience and CNES signed a new partnership agreement to step up cooperation between their two organizations with a view to encouraging science and technology outreach and disseminating knowledge to a wide audience, notably younger generations. As a public body, Universcience is devoted to making scientific advances available to all and getting youngsters interested in science, with a special focus on encouraging them to take up careers inspired by science, technology and innovation.
The PERSEUS technology development programme launched for students in 2005 at the Paris Air Show is an integral part of the research and innovation strategy at CNES’s Launch Vehicles Directorate (DLA), and as such it is a great tool for motivating young people, students and volunteers to take up careers in space. PERSEUS is focused on space access, developing innovative solutions through the participative collaboration of CNES, universities, top engineering schools, aerospace associations and key partners from the aerospace industry (manufacturers, mid-tier firms and institutional players).
The Mini-Apterros, SERA 4, Astreos, ROAR and Dream On projects will be exhibited by some 250 students from the 27 engineering schools participating in PERSEUS. ArianeWorks and ActInSpace will also be in attendance this year to present their goals and prospects for the future.
Tuesday 4 February, the seminar will be open to the public and PERSEUS students will have the opportunity to show what they are working on through virtual reality demonstrations and mock-ups on display, like for example SERA 4, Mini-Apterros and CanSat, the winner of C’Space. It will also see the traditional prizegiving ceremony with the awards for Best Innovation, Best Project, Best Teamwork and Best Poster.
1 Projet Étudiant de Recherche Spatiale Européen Universitaire et Scientifique