Alongside CNES and space agencies, alongside research laboratories and academic partners, we are developing many scientific activities in the space field. Planetary exploration, advanced space concepts and nanosatellites are illustrations of our current projects.

Our participation in Mars projects – the SEIS seismometer, an instrument on the Insight mission, and the Martian microphone on the Perseverance rover – bear witness to our high-level contributions with NASA and CNES.

The study of future concepts for autonomous missions to the asteroids and architecture for inhabited bases on the surface of the Moon or Mars are at the heart of our research teams’ activities. An overview of scientific projects connected with manned flight, portraits of the men and women who do the science and their scientific publications.


The Space Advanced Concepts Chair, the product of the partnership between Airbus, Ariane Group and ISAE-SUPAERO with support from the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation, provides the opportunity to study future space concepts on the system level. The Space Advanced Concepts Laboratory (SACLab) hosts research and teaching projects on this subject of the future.

This laboratory at ISAE-SUPAERO’s Department of Aerospace Vehicle Design and Control (DCAS) employs a wide variety of fields of expertise such as system architecture and engineering, mission analysis and optimization, human factors and robotics to deal with the issues of future solar system exploration missions. The purpose of this Chair is to perform studies on such subjects as space debris management, autonomous navigation missions to the asteroids, maintaining satellites in orbit, space traffic management and the architecture of inhabited space stations on the surface of the Moon or Mars.

Protective Use of Regolith for Planetary and Lunar Exploration (PURPLE)

Yulia Akisheva

Yulia’s work today consists in characterising the particle-matter interactions between regolith and the radiations of Galactic Cosmic Rays and the Sun, and studying secondary emissions. Extra multilayer materials are proposed to reduce harmful exposure and protect astronauts on the Moon and on Mars. Through simulations and experiments with radioactive sources, habitat structures will be proposed as a result of this Ph.D.

Design des vaisseaux spatiaux du futur

Laurent Beauregard

He is a PhD student in the Department of Aerospace Vehicles Design and Control (DCAS) and Department of Mechanics, Structures and Materials (DMSM). The subject of his thesis is : Multidisciplinary design optimization of a reusable lunar vehicle. He is affiliated with Aerospace-Astronautics (AA) doctoral school. ISAE-SUPAERO welcomes its doctoral students in six ISAE-SUPAERO, ONERA teams and Clément Ader Institute, covering a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines related to aeronautics and space: aerodynamics and propulsion, structures and materials, embedded systems, networks and telecommunications, control and management of systems, human factors, electronics, signal.



One of the most important challenges facing humanity is located 400,000 km from Earth, the goal being to set up a lunar base. The Moon is a hostile environment that imposes a number of constraints on humans – dangerous radiation, the risk of meteorite impacts, etc.

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Stéphanie Lizy-Destrez
> Research Professor
> Head of the SacLab research team
> Professional page


Raphaëlle Roy
> Research Professor in Neuroergonomics
> Professional page


Annafederica Urbano
> Research Engineer in Space Systems Engineering
> Professional page


Jasmine Rimani
> Doctoral student at the Polytechnic University of Turin and ISAE-SUPAERO


Paolo Guardabasso
> Doctoral student at ISAE-SUPAERO


Priyanka DAS
> Doctoral student at ISAE-SUPAERO
> Winner of Forbes India 30 under 30 award on mixing art and science

Mickael Causse - Associate Professor of Human Factors and neuroergonomics

Fredéric Dehais - Human Factors and Neuroergonomics Professor

Yves Gourinat - Structural physics and biodynamics Professor

Vsevold Peysakhovich - Research Scientist at ISAE-SUPAERO, Co-founder & Scientific Adviser at Hinfact

Scientific publications

Martin Estrana V., Vagnone F., Roy R., Lizy-Destrez S., TELEOP: Impact of Confinement and Isolation on Crew Performances during Long-Duration Missions, IAC-19,A1,1,x49671, 21-25 October 2019, Washington DC, United States

Mr. Diogo Mimoso, Mr. Eric Gil Calle, Ms. Veronica Martin Estrana,
Dr. Stéphanie Lizy-Destrez, Dr. Raphaëlle N. Roy, Towards Teleoperation Performance and Psychophysiological State Assessment in the SIRIUS-19 Analog Campaign, IAC-20,A1,1,2,x60359

Mr. Eric Gil Calle, Mr. Diogo Mimoso, Dr. Raphaëlle N. Roy, Dr. Stéphanie Lizy-Destrez, Mr. Norbert Pouzin, Correlation analysis of sleep quality, mood and teleoperation performance in the MDRS206 analog mission, IAC-20,A1,VP,18,x58650

Ms. Shahrzad Hosseini, Prof. Mickaël Causse, Dr. Markus Landgraf, European Space Agency, Dr. Thomas Krueger, European Space Agency, Dr Stéphanie Lizy-Destrez, Prof. Frederic Dehais, quantifying performance in human-robotic integrated operations for spaceflight applications: a mission-driven approach, IAC-18,B3,6-A5.3,7,x46457

Ms. Shahrzad Hosseini,Dr. Jan Smisek, Dr. Markus Landgraf, Dr. Stéphanie Lizy-Destrez,Prof. Frederic Dehais, pioneering steps towards future human-robotic operations performance, IAC-17,B3,6-A5.3,3,x39018

Mr. Giuseppe Ferraioli,Mr. Mickaël Causse,Dr. Stéphanie Lizy-Destrez, Prof. Yves Gourinat, Habitability Of Manned Vehicles: The Impact Of Human Factors On Future Long Duration Human Space Exploration Missions En Route to Mars, IAC-13,A1,1,1,x17378

AIM mission

Drayson O., Bernardini N., Bakkali Abderrahamana A., Cerquetania L., Cipolletta A., Dalfó Ferrera B., Falcone F., Gabetti S., Genoni M., Torta E.,Vagnone F., Audas C., Compin M., Favier JJ., Lizy-Destrez S., Morbiducci U., AIM (Artery in Microgravity): Design and Development of an ICE Cubes Mission, IAC-19,A2,6,8,x50731, 21-25 October 2019, Washington DC, United States

Ms. Blanca Dalfó Ferrer,Ms. Amina Bakkali Abderrahaman, Ms. Elena Torta,Mr. Stefano Gabetti,Mr. Matthieu Compin, Dr. Stéphanie Lizy-Destrez, Prof.Dr. Umberto Morbiducci, aim (artery in microgravity): design and development of an ice cubes mission, IAC-20,A2,7,9,x56424

Manned space flights

Lizy-Destrez S., Mission analysis for a Space Medical Center of an exploration gateway at a lunar libration point - Space Exploration Conference – 17-19 December 2012 – Paris, France

Lizy-Destrez S., Audas C., Scenarios optimization for a servicing inhabited space station at Earth-Moon Lagrangian point (EML2), IAC-14, C1.8.10, 29 September – 03 October 2014, Toronto, Canada

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