The exploration of the universe and the search for the secrets of matter face similar challenges to common solutions. CERN's expertise in accelerators, detectors and computing is relevant to aerospace: from microelectronics to data handling, from radiation monitoring to cryogenics and from thermal management to superconducting magnets.
CERN's remarkable technologies, facilities and know-how can play a crucial role in aerospace:
Areas of expertise
CERN has developed radiation monitoring devices, dosimetry sensors as well as instruments to accurately measure radiations in space, predict and prevent damage to electronics and harmful effects on astronauts.
CERN develops and explores radiation-hardened technologies suitable for the most challenging space missions requiring very high reliability.
CERN works hand-in-hand with companies and organisations to improve the radiation tolerance of advanced space systems by design optimisation and commercial-off-the-shelf components screening/selection.
Superconducting technologies enable future environment-friendly aeroplanes and breakthrough space applications.
CERN develops very small and efficient cooling devices, as well as advanced materials and processes for high-thermal flux control.
CERN manages large quantities of data regularly which is crucial for many aerospace applications: from astrophysics and Earth observation, to traffic control and aircraft engines performance monitoring.
Data analysis algorithms, artificial intelligence and quantum computing support ambitious European projects for environment protection and climate change adaptation of our society.
CERN has unique ground installations, especially irradiation and cryogenic facilities, enabling validation and qualification testing of aerospace equipment.