Research partnerships

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The fourth fundamental principle of ISAE research policy is its logic of partnership liable to develop broad coverage of the subject fields that need to be addressed for training and research in the aeronautical and space sector.

Clearly, the Institute’s size does not enable it to develop all research orientations in the various scientific fields relating to its specialised sector internally. Indeed, such an approach would not be desirable. Rather, the ISAE is led in this situation to fostering links between the worlds of research and the economy.

To offer a complete research environment, the logic is thus to build partnerships that respect the first three principles of ISAE research policy:

In the aerospace sector, ISAE’s strategic partner is ONERA

The two institutions are indeed singularly complementary. They both exercise their mission mainly in the aeronautical and space sector. They both have the same tutelary authority. This delegation from the tutelary authority confers on the ISAE a principal mission for training and a related research mission. It entrusts to ONERA a principal mission of research and related missions of studies and training. The ISAE offers ONERA a privileged relation with the academic world and with organisation of doctoral education. ONERA offers ISAE the breadth of its spectrum of research. By joining forces, the two partners mutually benefit from their respective research environments. This partnership respects the fundamental principles of the two organisations’ scientific policy, resulting in an association within several different theme based research structures. Both partners require transparency as to their orientations and a systematic offer of co-operation from each other in respect of their objectives; they are each authorised to establish partnerships with other organisations.

In the field of airborne systems, the other major ISAE research partner is LAAS (CNRS)

This partnership results in an association within a theme-based research structure on networks.

In the field of mechanics, ISAE’s partnership logic hinges on IGM

IGM (the Institute of Mechanical Engineering), formed with the LGMT (Laboratoire de Génie Mécanique de Toulouse) of UPS (Université Paul Sabatier) and INSA together with CROMEP (Centre de Rcherche Outillages, Matériaux et Procédés) of the Ecole des Mines of Albi-Carmaux. This Institute emerged from SUPAERO, ENSICA and the two partners just mentioned in 1999 and is a structure for research into the mechanics of structures based in the Midi-Pyrenees region. Having gone through various stages of gradual construction, this federative structure will be transformed into a laboratory on its own premises 2009. As within the scope of its other partnerships, the ISAE will maintain its own specific features while also developing its research in synergy with its partners.

In the field of space telecommunications, the ISAE is member of the TeSA association

With its academic partners IRIT (CNRS, UPS, INPT, UT1), ENAC and ENST and its industrial and institutional partners DGAC, CNES, Alcatel and Rockwell-Collins.

In full respect of these strategic and federative partnerships taken to the extent of forming shared structures, the ISAE establishes and develops many other collaborative partnerships so as to improve its reactivity to the emergence of new issues increasingly requiring the intervention of partners working in complementary disciplines.