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.

No Technologies were found which match the criteria.

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

  • High Penetration Tests in SPS North Area
    In November 2018, an ESA-led team came to CERN to test many space components with one of the most energetic radiation beams available on earth: the lead-ion beam delivered by CERN’s Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator.
  • JUICE Mission Test in VESPER
    In March 2018, experts from ESA and IROC Technologies came to perform tests in VESPER.
  • First Commercial Customers in CHARM
    A commercial agreement was established with ISIS (Innovative Solutions In Space) BV, a Dutch company specialised in nanosat solutions.

Press coverage of CERN technologies with impact in aerospace

You are here