Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA)

Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA)

A public, scientific and technical establishment with both industrial and commercial responsibilities, Onera reports to the French Ministry of Defense and enjoys financial independence.

The expertise of Onera covers all the scientific disciplines involved in aircraft, spacecraft and missile design. It makes Onera an essential partner in the French and European aeronautics and space community.

The activity covers a wide spectrum of topics from Basic Research to Flight Testing. Through the teamwork of its scientists recognized internationally in their respective fields and its engineers with a systems approach, Onera promotes ongoing dialog between basic and applied research, medium and long range approach, areas of special expertise and an optimized overall approach. Mathematical models, numerical simulation, laboratory and wind tunnel experiments and flight testing combine to give a better understanding of the physical phenomena encountered and enable to validate aircraft, spacecraft and missile performance predictions.

Onera conducts research in the disciplines and techniques involved in design of an aircraft or spacecraft: aerodynamics, flight dynamics, energetics, structural strength, materials, optics and laser, acoustics, radar and electromagnetism, electronics, systems, robotics, information processing. The research is focused on federating themes and programmes, such as fluid mechanics and information processing.

Onera activity in the safety and security field spans from software integrity to flight control robustness in degraded conditions. Moreover, an ongoing co-operation with NASA is focusing on aviation safety incident reports.

Cost reduction in system design becomes an important objective, computer tools have been developed to help system design from requirements to conceptual definition while low cost sensor techniques are investigated.

Concerning Air Traffic Management, a federative project has been carried on resulting in a comprehensive analysis tool for air traffic from the approach flight phase to the departure flight path.

Onera is also a gateway between scientific research and industry, cooperating with CNRS (National Scientific Research Centre) and the most prestigious universities. Since its creation in 1946, it has worked on all the major French and European aeronautical and space programmes, including Mirage, Concorde, Airbus, Ariane, Rafale, etc.

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Last update Friday 28 January 2011