Aeronautical activities

Aeronautical and spatial vehicles conception and driving department

In-flight activities

The fleet includes:

  • six Robin DR400s light aircraft for practical works in flight and flying instruction,
  • a TB20 equipped with a measurement installation (25 parameters) with on-board display and ability to transmit telemetry to the DCAS simulation centre.

The fleet is used:

  • as a priority for flying instruction activities (practical work to illustrate teaching of flight dynamics, personal study projects, conducing flight tests) mainly using the TB20,
  • for flight instruction for twenty students a year.

The Institute has premises on the Toulouse-Lasbordes Aerodrome and two flying instructors and two mechanics to make up the Centre’s permanent team.

Design and development of observation drones


DCAS’s multidisciplinary nature predisposes it to being a centre for projects being developed in the field of drones by all the ISAE-SUPAERO Departments and Laboratories. It is especially involved, in active co-operation with the other laboratories, in developing a drone with stationary flight capability called Satoorn. Design is of the four blade rotor type equipped with an airborne automatic pilot with high level flight controls capable of achieving an observation mission with a range of twenty minutes.

Software development

Various types of software have been developed within the Département conception et conduite des véhicules aéronautiques et spatiaux. These are for aircraft movement tools, performances calculation and design aid.

Flight simulator


This was developed at DCAS to satisfy teaching and research needs, half way between high range simulation (6-axis training simulators) and individual style simulation on microcomputers.

This comprises:

  • a cabin equipped with various types of display present on board aircraft,
  • a 3-axis platform for movement restitution,
  • 3D display of the outside world (Toulouse region),
  • the whole set-up (management, simulation and graphics) is managed by 8 PC type microcomputers.