CERN's Aerospace Activities Strategy

Aerospace is a field in which CERN is playing a critical and increasingly recognised role from both the scientific and the technological point of view. This domain is considered as highly strategic by many of CERN's institutional and industrial partners in the Member States and beyond.

Both space missions and underground accelerator and detector infrastructures have to deal with extremely harsh environments, posing stringent technological requirements that often overlap. In addition, the exploration of the smallest and largest structures of the Universe requires instruments and data exploitation systems capable of the highest achievable performances.

CERN's technologies, facilities and know-how have concrete applications in space, and the KT Group is committed to exploring synergies and establishing partnerships with institutional, research and commercial organisations active in the aerospace sector.

 

Find out more about CERN's Aerospace projects and activities

CERN testing facilities with potential or existing aerospace applications

CERN operates unique technical facilities for testing equipment in space-like environments. Irradiation facilities are of particular interest to the aerospace community.

CERN know-how and technologies with potential or existing aerospace applications

Recent news items related to our aerospace application activities

 

Success stories of CERN-related aerospace applications

  • CERN and ESA cooperating on radiation environments, technologies and facilites
    The collaboration agreement between CERN and ESA, signed in July 2019, addresses the challenge of operating in harsh radiation environments found in both particle-physics facilities and outer space.
    aerospace
  • IGLUNA: Building a demonstrator moon habitat in Zermatt
    IGLUNA is an educational project aimed at investigating the realisation of a human habitat on the moon. 18 student teams from all over Europe, built several technology demonstrators for this habitat.
    aerospace
  • Medipix X-ray Technology: from Particle Tracking to Aviation Inspection
    ADVACAM – a company using CERN Medipix technology - developed a new range of X-ray imaging cameras optimised for composite material testing.
    aerospace

Press coverage of CERN technologies with impact in aerospace

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