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.

Space applications

Space applications in Midi-Pyrenees, a regional strategic sector with international influence.


A booming industry:

  • 12,000 jobs in the field of space - 1,700 jobs dedicated to applications
  • Well-structured organization, sector mobilized around a blueprint of "Midi-Pyrenees, Space at your service"
  • Toulouse, headquarters of the Aerospace Valley global competitiveness cluster for Aeronautics, Space, Embedded Systems.

A wide range of complementary skills:

A range of services to address societal issues focused on users’ needs: Agri-oenoview - © F. Grazzini / Astrium

  • Transportation, mobility, logistics, sustainable development
  • Health
  • Agriculture, fishing, environment and land-use management
  • Defense and Security (land/air/sea)
  • Recreation, access to information

Major players

A dense network of qualified SMEs:
Noveltis, Novacom Services, Polestar, Navocap, Geosys, Magellium, Nav On Time, Camineo, Artal Technologies, Silicom, Novamems, M3Systems, ...

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
  • IAS: Aeronautics and Space Institute
  • "Space High School": First French institution dedicated to space
  • An ambitious project: Toulouse Montaudran Aerospace

State-of-the-art research and 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 Analysis and Architecture of Systems /CNRS) - The largest laboratory of automatic systems CNRS, IT, Micro-electronics
  • ONERA (The French Aerospace lab) - The ONERA Toulouse Center initiates and conducts research to meet the requirements of the aerospace industry
  • IRIT (Toulouse Institute for Research in Computer Science) - One of the highest potentials for research in computer science in France, bringing together more than 230 researchers and academics
  • Paul Sabatier University (University of Science) - major laboratories such as Center for the Study of Space and Radiation, Center for the Study of Space and the Biosphere, Laboratory of Geophysics and Oceanographic Studies from Space, and 6 graduate schools
  • Clément Ader Institute: Internationally renowned research center specializing in the study of structures, systems and mechanical processes
  • Midi-Pyrenees Observatory: Unified organization of 8 laboratories covering all the areas of Science of the Universe, Earth and Environment.

Key events in the space sector

A "must see" 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.