50: Aeronautics :strong links with industry

When the UTC-Roberval Lab was created, back in 2000, by the merger of the LG2mS (Mechanical engineering and for Materials and Structures) and some other research units, it was placed under a joint hierarchy: UTC and the CNRS. So, what are key features of the Roberval research Lab? Firstly, we can cite the noteworthy, excellent reputation of the research scientists’ teams and the strong links they have built with a variety of industrial sectors.

50: Aeronautics :strong links with industry

Five rockets forfor UTC

Fluid mechanics, trajectometry... the members of the UTC students' association, UTspaCe plan to maximize the benefits of their engineering training to serve a somewhat madcap project - the successful launching of no less than four different rockets in July, 2019!

A cylinder by the name of Prométhée [Prometheus], almost 2 metres long, standing on its test bed near the UTC Fab'Lab, is one of the five rockets developed by this Association UTspaCe.

"While at UTC we learned a lot about mechanical engineering and UTspaCe allows us to apply these skills and knowledge to the space technologies, asserts Guillaume Buron, President of UTspaCe. "Our UTC students are totally invested this work and have spent lots of time and energy to understanding and applying some very high-tech engineering", adds Emmanuel Doré, a lecturer-cum-research scientist working at the UTC-Roberval laboratory.

The students involved have benefited from help offered by Jérôme Blanc and Philippe Pouille, both lecturers-cum-research scientists also at the Roberval Lab. "Their help came in the form as advice based on their experience and expertise in design and assembly engineering", explains Emmanuel. "They also made some of the rocket parts and did some machining alongside the students".

Building a rocket requires some cutting edge technological skills. "The students learned about rocket design, communication, creativity, rigorous work and above all how to work on their own", declares Emmanuel Doré. "In the UTC engineering core programme we set the students to work on some mini-rocket assemblies, where they are supervised bv elder, majoring students", adds Guillaume. The experiment rockets here required more skills and they were set aside and reserved for the majoring students themselves".

What is the target for the projects? C'space, an international get-together proposed by the CNES (national French space agency) with assistance from Planète Sciences and the French Army on its Tarbes military base (South West France in July, when UTspaCe will be able to proceed with the planned launches. You can follow the 4 launch sequences on Facebook and Instagram!


  • Poppins: with a decent braking system using a rigid ribbed parachute
  • Flash: nominal flight planned
  • Hermès: will release a drone that will return and land on the launch pad


  • Prométhée: equipped with an inertial disk to enable release of a module at a pre-established angle with respect to the horizon.
  • Phoenix: capable of reaching a speed of Mach 0.9 (launch planned for 2020)