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

  • CELESTA Successful Start of Phase B
    CELESTA stands for CERN Latchup Experiments Student sAtellite and will be the first CERN-driven microsatellite.
  • The Medipix Chips and Collaborations: from medical imaging to space dosimetry.
    Originally developed for use in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments, the Medipix technologies have made the journey from CERN to applications across a wide range of sectors - an outstanding example of how technology developed at CERN can create societal impact.
  • VESPER Maiden Test for Jupiter Environment

    VESPER stands for Very energetic Electron facility for Space Planetary Exploration missions in harsh Radiative environments. It is a high-energy electron beamline for radiation testing, part of the CTF3 (Compact Linear Collider Test Facility) experimental linear electron accelerator at CERN.


Press coverage of CERN technologies with impact in aerospace

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