CERN's Aerospace Activities Strategy

When it comes to technological solutions, the smallest and largest structures of the Universe have much in common.

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.

Feel free to contact the Aerospace Applications Coordinator for more information.

Summary infographic of CERN's Aerospace Activities Strategy

Infography by Geoffrey Dorne.

CERN's Aerospace Projects And Activities

Find out more about CERN's Aerospace projects and activities

Partnerships

Supported Space Missions

Technology demonstrators

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.

CHARM

VESPER

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

DC-DC converter

FLUKA

FSI Vacuum Heads

Recent news items related to our aerospace application activities

Success stories of CERN-related aerospace applications

CELESTA stands for CERN Latchup Experiments Student sAtellite and will be the first CERN-driven microsatellite.
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.
Sharing software and codes in big data environments is a challenge. To do this efficiently researchers at CERN have developed a system called CernVM-FS, for CERN Virtual Machine File System, which is currently used in high-energy physics experiments to distribute about 350 million files.

Press coverage of CERN technologies with impact in aerospace

CERN and ESA join forces in harsh environments | CERN Courier

(English) Strengthening connections between particle physics and related disciplines, CERN signed a...

Jupiter’s magnetic field simulated on Earth using CERN high-energy electron beam | Digital Trends

(English) To see how the JUICE hardware will handle this radiation, the ESA has borrowed the world’s...

In Zermatt, students test solutions for living on the moon | Radio Télévision Suisse

(Switzerland / Français) Première collaboration entre des universités et l'ESA, le projet Igluna...

Get In Touch — Aerospace

Aerospace Applications Coordinator: Enrico Chesta

Aerospace Contact