[17/07/2019] Scalar IV-B LIFT OFF !!!!

The Scalar IV rocket had lift off today at 11:28am! The nominal flight lasted for 2min24s!

The rocket reached the target altitude of 848m and followed the planed trajectory! Thanks to a low descent speed, the rocket was recovered in a very good shape.

Unfortunaltly, despite a nominal deployement, our CanSat M.O.R.G.A.N. was not found in the corn field it landed in.

We would like to thank wholeheartedly ISAE Supaero, Fondation ISAE-SUPAERO, Thales, Société Générale, 3AF – Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France for allowing to live this amazing adventure !

[13/07/2019] SCALAR IV-B at the C’Space [Day 1]

The 13th of July was the first day of C’Space, a launch campaign made by Planètes Sciences for experimental rocketry and cansats, in the vicinity of the city of Tarbes. The SUPAERO Space Section takes part in this campaign like every year, and this time with the SCALAR IV-B project, the successor of SCALAR IV, the rocket of the last year. From the 13th to the 20th of July, we were there !

The project kept the same objective as before, which is to eject a payload at the apogea of a two stage trajectory, with the ejection of the aformentioned stage in between the two burns. This rocket is 100% made by students at ISAE-SUPAERO in the Mechanics, Structure and Material department of the institute, and is the result of one year of sheer hard work. The main specifications of the rocket are :
Height : 2.8m / 9’2” (1.7m / 5’7” for the upper stage and 3’7 for the lower stage)
Mass: 19.5kg / 42.9 lbs (11,5kg / 25.3lbs for the upper stage and 8kg / 17.6lbs for the lower stage)
Maximum altitude expected: 2.5km / 82 000 ft
Engines : Cesaroni Pro-54 for the upper stage and Pro-75 for the lower stage

However a mechanical damage occurred in the inter stage separation system 2 months ago, just before the critical review of the rocket
We feared the worst for the project but hopefully only the lower stage was damaged by the anomaly.
Only the upper stage will fly this year, and will be ignited directly at the launching pad and not in the skies, but this part is still a nice piece of rocketry !
Besides, this flight will still bring a lot of data and numerous new technologies will be tested and validated, like the parachute ejection through the nose cone, which is a nice achievement for the association.

[16/04/2019 -> 18/04/2019] Engine tests [GRIFFON]

Griffon project has done its first static engine test this week.

Here are some news about these tests. We fire five times the engine between Tuesday and Thursday and each one of these was a success! We were able to try five different geometry of rocket propellant in HYCOM engine (an ONERA engine), and results will be of great help for Griffon project!

We would like to thank again the ONERA for the help and to enable us to test in its facility and our school ISAE-SUPAERO

[31/01/2019 , 01/02/2019] SERA IV project

Some members of SUPAERO Space Section were at Bordeaux to continue working on SERA IV project as part of PERSEUS program from the CNES. We trained for the launch campaign that will take place from the 12th to the 19th of April 2019 in Kiruna SSC- Swedish Space Corporation. These persons from ISAE-SUPAERO were there:

– Marie-Bertille MOSNIER : Chronology manager (Her goal is to make sure that every step is well done 2 hours before launching the rocket until its launch)

– Daniel Alvarez-Cosme : Mission analysis manager (His goal is to study the rocket trajectory and to make sure it can be launched with weather conditions of the day)

– Laura Hyest : Member of rocket assembly team (Her goal is to assemble the rocket and to make sure it can be launched)

– Victor Petoin : Quality manager (His goal is to make sure that no problems happened during every step linked to the rocket and to note down solutions that could improve assembly, transportation, etc…)

We would like to thank the CNES and especially PERSEUS program and also ISAE-SUPAERO for allowing us to participate in this project.


[29/09/2018] The European researchers night

Members of Supaero Space Section were present at the European Researcher’s Night in Toulouse at the “Cité de l’espace”. We were presenting our activities, but we also meet researchers.
We would like to thank the Cité de l’espace, our school ISAE-SUPAERO but also all of our partners such as the CNES, THALES, Société Générale, ONERA and the Fondation ISAE-SUPAERO.


[13/09/2018] NASA Engineer

Today we had the honour of meeting Dr Janet Barth in SUPAERO Space Section’s local. She was a lead radiation hardness assurance engineer for NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration space flight programs. Now she is a NASA emeritus scientist. She was an expert in space environments and effects on spacecraft.
We really thank ISAELLES but also ISAE Supaero that enable us to encounter interesting people.