Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees merged into a single region on 1st January 2016.
The data of this site mainly concerns the former Midi-Pyrenees region and is currently being updated.


With 12,000 employees, Midi-Pyrenees is the European leader in the design and manufacture of space systems and their applications.


Midi-Pyrenees, European leader in the design and manufacture of space systems and their applications:

  • Leading European employment area in this sector with 12,000 employees
  • Half of the sector’s workforce in France and a quarter of Europe’s
  • Toulouse, headquarters of the Aerospace Valley global competitiveness cluster in aeronautics, space, embedded systems
  • A leading region in Europe for:
    • Satellite design, development, integration, station acquisition and station keeping
    • Satellite telecommunications
    • Earth observation (imaging of continental surfaces, oceanography, meteorology and climatology) and radar technologies
  • World leader in space altimetry, remote sensing, data collection, location and navigation

Major players

All professions of the space industry are present: CNES, two project managers for infrastructure, industrialists, operational service providers, engineering and consulting companies, a cluster of SMEs.

Space applications, a sector experiencing full growth (1,700 employees)

  • A wide range of skills in imaging, altimetry, atmospheric probes, navigation and telecommunications
  • A range of services to address societal issues and centered on users’ needs
  • Players rallied around the "Midi-Pyrenees, Space at Your Service" project.

Competitiveness clusters, networks and structures dedicated to the sector


Top French cluster for research and higher education dedicated to aeronautics and space

  • More than 18,000 students trained every year in the aerospace sector
  • Two of the three major French aeronautical engineering schools: ISAE (leading world complex for aerospace training and research bringing together Supaero - Ensica) and ENAC are in Midi-Pyrenees
  • Initial training for careers in aeronautics: ENSEEIHT, EMAC, ENIT, INSAT, UPS, TBS
  • An ambitious project: Toulouse Montaudran Aerospace, Europe’s largest university campus dedicated to aeronautics and space, bringing together dedicated universities/schools, laboratories, research platforms and accommodation on the historic site of Aeropostale.
  • Unique training centers at the national level

Research & Development

50% of French researchers in the field of aeronautics and space work in Midi-Pyrenees (public research).

A research offer covering the entire network of innovations: from upstream research with RTRA STAE* and Aerospace Valley to industrial R&D, including technological research with the new IRT (Institute for Technological Research) Aeronautics, Space and Embedded Systems.

The Midi-Pyrenees region is home to world-renowned research institutions:

  • LAAS (Laboratory for Systems Analysis and Architecture/CNRS)
  • ONERA (The French Aerospace lab) and its large European wind tunnels
  • CERFACS (European Centre for Research and Advanced Training in Scientific Calculation)
  • IRIT (Toulouse Institute for Research in Computer Science)
  • Midi-Pyrenees Observatory

Main events

A "must-attend" professional event in Toulouse

Toulouse Space Show, European event dedicated to space and space applications bringing together all players in the field of space - biennial in June, Toulouse, alternating with the Paris Airshow.
Toulouse Space Show 2014: 1,500 participants - 52 countries.

Find Midi-Pyrenees Expansion at numerous trade shows in the sector

  • Paris Airshow: Event dedicated to the aerospace industry and latest developments and innovations in the sector - biennial - June.