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New Space revolution, clean aviation, multi-messenger astronomy… In recent times, the aeronautics and space sectors have been experiencing radical advancements, which are of economic and scientific interest to CERN Member States. Thanks to its remarkable technologies, facilities and know-how, CERN plays a crucial role in aerospace.

Aerospace and particle physics share many technical similarities in terms of operational environments. Both sectors need components capable of functioning in harsh radiation environments, extreme temperatures and high vacuum conditions.  Moreover, they both need to be able to handle large amounts of data quickly and autonomously.

Performed in orbit around the Earth to avoid atmospheric effects, fundamental physics missions in space have much in common with CERN’s underground experiments. Many synergies exist, in particular between particle and astroparticle physics experiments, including but not limited to detection capabilities.

Maximising the positive impact of its research on society is integral to CERN’s mission. Aerospace applications carry strong opportunities in areas such as human and robotic exploration, long-distance transportation, climate change and environment monitoring, disaster prevention, advanced telecommunication and geolocalisation.

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With CELESTA, CERN goes to space! Discover the first CERN microsatellite
Enabling technologies and in-orbit demonstration missions
Scientific space missions supported as CERN Recognised Experiments
"From CERN to Aerospace"
CERN's remarkable technologies, facilities and know-how can play a crucial role in aerospace
Aerospace applications strategy, partnerships & key numbers

Aerospace related news 

CERN and Airbus partnership on future clean aviation

CERN and Airbus UpNext sign a collaboration agreement to assess the use of superconducting technologies for future zero-emission aeroplanes.

Knowledge sharing
01 December, 2022
Knowledge sharing
01 December, 2022

Timepix: from CERN’s galleries to the Moon

The renowned Timepix detector celebrates its 10-year anniversary on the International Space Station by flying to the Moon: the chip features in NASA’s future lunar programme

16 November, 2022

CERN’s partnerships underpin a joined-up innovation pipeline

From equipment procurement to knowledge-transfer initiatives, Giovanni Anelli, Anders Unnervik and Marzena Lapka provide a high-level tour of CERN’s unique research and innovation ecosystem

Knowledge sharing
16 September, 2022
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16 September, 2022

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