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Université de Bordeaux

Timetable & learning outcomes

Throughout this summer school, renowned and dynamic speakers will share their insight on the latest advances and applications of new space technologies as a driver for environmental sustainability.

Mornings will be dedicated to theoretical sessions, followed by practical sessions and seminars taking place each afternoon. In addition to the scientific and social programme, astronomy demonstrations will also be offered to students.

Tentative programme


June 5th


June 6th


June 7th


June 8th


June 9th

Opening and general introduction

Guillaume Ferré, Philippe Lattes
Telecom constellation: space industrialisation

Guy Limouzin
Technical challenges for future LEO satellite constellations

Florian Collard
Earth observation for climate services: an overview of the emerging landscape

Aravind Ravichandran

European launchers

François Buffenoir

The great challenges of space security, sovereignty, and management

Thierry Blanc
How to kick start a leading space company in a country without space agency or industry

Emmanuel Sauzay
Satellite navigation, situation and perspectives

Marc Jeannot
Commercial applications of earth observation technologies

Simon Lamy
The situation of art in orbital refueling

Thomas Secretin
Space telecommunications
The space situation (SSA and STM)
Earth observation (OPT; RDR; IR; HYPS )

Thierry Blanc, Philippe Lattes
Loft RF missions introduction. Focus on Yam-5 RF Space Lab payload

Nicolas Chatonnay
Satellite IoT connectivity: the Kineis constellation

Guillaume Triquet, Stephan Lauriol
Earth observation data merging

Carla Martin
Workshop: dimensioning an extra-heavy launcher

Thomas Secretin
Workshops (2)

Thierry Blanc, Philippe Lattes
The spatialisation of electronic circuits

Alain Carapelle
Broadband LEO constellation for mobility

Damiel Garot, Hassan Aouisse

Earth observation

Laurent Gerbe
How to produce low cost electricity in orbit

Luis Jimenez-Tunon
Life in space startups

Elizavta Pronina

Space law

Numa Isnard


Neshrine Chehata

Welcome cocktail

Farewell party


Day 1: Space and newspace

The first day will show the evolution of access to space by major space agencies (NASA, ESA, etc.) to the arrival of private initiatives (Starlink, Amazon, Facebook, etc.). National and international newspace players will present their insights.

Day 2: From satellites to nanosatellites

The second day will be devoted to the evolution of satellites. Experts from the Bordeaux campus involved in the Centre Spatial Universitaire de Nouvelle-Aquitaine (New-Aquitaine University Space Center – NAASC), the Centre national d'études spatiales (French  National Centre for Space Studies – CNES), as well as Airbus D&S, Thales Alenia Space and Eutelsat will be the actors of this day.

Day 3: Space data and telecommunications

The collection of data, its processing and its transmission to the ground or to space will be the themes of day 3. The Kineis Company (CNES spin-off) will participate alongside experts from the Bordeaux campus in sensors, electronics, circuit design, signal processing and digital communications.

Day 4: Earth observation

Earth observation is currently undergoing a transition with the development of artificial intelligence algorithms. Embedded artificial intelligence capable of making on-board decisions will indeed be operational within the next few years. This feature will not only instantly warn the ground of any detected problems (such as forest fires, tsunamis, wild degassing, etc.), but will also ensure a more responsible use of spectral resources, as data will be processed in space and not on the ground. The Exploration Company will participate in this day as well as colleagues from the University of Bordeaux who are experts in machine learning and image processing. A visit to the ENSEIRB-MATMECA ground station will allow participants to observe the acquisition and demodulation of meteorological images emitted by the NOAA-19 satellites. Feedback on the ENSEIRB-MATMECA’s teams’ last stratospheric balloon mission will also be shared.

Day 5: Services in orbit

In-orbit services enable the consideration of a more responsible use of orbits. Many technical challenges are underlying, in particular in connection with key themes of the University of Bordeaux such as robotics and automation. Aerospace Lab will also be present for this final day, during which waste cleaning in orbit will be discussed.

Expertise upon completion

The summer school offers a unique opportunity to develop strong knowledge of newspace professions, the main constellations of satellites performing Earth observation, artificial intelligence techniques that can be used to process information, the design constraints of a nanosatellite, the main telecommunications systems and the development of future services in orbit.

A certificate of participation will be awarded to students upon completion of the course.

Programme may be subject to change.