About us

The IRT Saint Exupéry’s mission is to explore and develop technological breakthroughs through collaborative research in its three key domains. Its pioneering spirit and drive to innovate is directly inspired by its famous namesake, aviation pioneer, writer and engineer Antoine de St Exupéry.

Our Mission

IRT Antoine de Saint Exupéry is a world class excellence centre in Aeronautics, Space and Embedded Systems. This Institute of Technology combines resources from public and private partners to lead R&T activities in three strategic domains: High Performance Multifunctional Materials, More Electrical Aircraft and Embedded Systems. Applications targeted include aeronautics, space and embedded systems. Its world class expertise and technology platforms, as well as its collaborative environment boost the maturation and transfer of breakthrough technologies (TRL 4-6) to its industrial partners.

Launched between 2012 and 2013, the 8 IRTs benefits from the French government Program “Investissement d’Avenir” (Investments for the Future Program) to boost high value competitive technological sectors.

Our Vision : Integrating Collaborative Research

  • A public-private 50-50 partnership, supporting long-term commitment for those involved.
  • An integrated, evolutionary technological research programme: 22 research projects undertaken since summer 2014 totalizing almost 100 millions euros.
  • Strategic experimentation to significantly speed up technological innovations and their transfer to industry.
  • Developing the critical skills to bypass future technological
challenges by bringing together the French experts in their disciplines and attracting high potential PhD students and engineers.

  • An integrated collaborative environment – based on a legal and contractual framework:
  • Combining ‘join laboratory’ tested models (research activities of joint research-industry teams)
  • Hostel project ensuring common infrastructure including local and experimental facilities
  • Public-private strategic governance adapted to the field of technological research (TRL 4-6).
As of January 2016, more than 200 researchers on secondment from industry or the public sector are working at the IRT, including part-time researchers, PhD and postdoctoral students. Targeting a total of 250 researchers by 2017.

We can coordinate complex research projects as well as disseminating results in the space and aerospace sectors fast.

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