SGAC and the French Space Agency, CNES are proud to announce that seven outstanding SGAC members will be sponsored to attend the 15th conference on space operations, SpaceOps 2018, hosted in Marseille, France from May 28th to June 1st 2018. The CNES will provide scholarships up to 500€ to all recipients.

Hosted and organised by CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) and powered by AIAA, SpaceOps 2018 is a technical forum of the Space Mission Operations and Ground Systems community that addresses state-of- the-art operations principles, methods, and tools. SpaceOps 2018 provides the opportunity for you to share mission’s experience, challenges, and innovation solutions. Held biennially since 1990, the conference will attract technologists, scientists, managers from agencies, academic and research institutions, operators and industry and fosters managerial and technical interchanges on all aspects of space mission operations.

Nicolas Cruaud (France)

     Born in a little town near Angers (France), son and grandson of stonecutters, I have always been interested in space technologies, more particularly of the ones linked to space exploration. I thought I had to do my part in the great space developments of this century. This idea made me work harder than my friends stuck in the countryside to get in Ecole Polytechnique, where I knew I could live my dreams. Now vice-president of the Student Space Center of my school, I keep working on space projects and I try to share my passion for the space world to the others students of my school.

“Winning this scholarship allow me to be part of one of the biggest space events and to present my projects to professionals from across the world. For giving me this opportunity, I would like to sincerely thank SGAC.“

Julien Delpeyrat (France)

Julien Delpeyrat is a student at ISAE-SUPAERO, an aeronautics and aerospace engineering school based in Toulouse, France. He is currently doing a gap year and carrying out a research internship at the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur in Nice, France. He is also a member of the Supaero Space Section, the rocketry association of the school, and has been involved in the SERA-3 project for more than two years now. SERA-3 is an experimental rocket that was launched in Kiruna, Sweden at the end of April 2017. A paper written in collaboration with Ervan Kassarian dealing with trajectory simulations and flight data analysis is to be presented during a poster session at SpaceOps 2018. Julien will start his final year at ISAE-SUPAERO next September.

“I am very grateful and honored for having received the CNES-SGAC grant: this opportunity to participate in SpaceOps 2018 will conclude more than two years of work on the SERA-3 project !”

Isabel Gortazar Martinez (Spain)

My name is Isabel and I am a 24 years old Spanish student currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at ISAE-SUPAERO (Toulouse, France). I became an Aerospace Engineer due to my passion for aircraft and spacecraft, besides my interest in technology. I like to describe myself as a hard-working person, with a lot of sense of humour that loves travelling, reading and sports. I am currently living in Toulouse where I am about to start an internship. I enjoy a lot getting to know new people specially from foreign countries and practice outside sports such as surf or paragliding. I also like art mostly theatre and photography and I love exploring it travelling away. My academic records include a bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering in Madrid and my master studies in Toulouse and thanks to this master I have the chance to attend this conference.

The SpaceOps means to me the biggest academic and intellectual opportunity of my life. My colleague and me submitted the application with the hope of getting the opportunity to take up the challenge of joining the scientific community by publishing a paper. Now, it has been accepted to be presented and published we cannot be more proud of it. This scholarship makes this dream possible so I am very thankful to SGAC for this grant.

Ervan Kassarian (France)

I have always been fascinated by space. Our universe is vertiginously big and complex, which makes space exploration a very challenging task; yet we keep pushing the boundaries of technology to send satellites to orbit around the Earth or probes to discover other worlds from our solar system… As an aerospace engineering student at ISAE-Supaero, in France, I get involved in exciting and tangible projects such as the amateur rocket SERA-3 or the nanosatellite IGOSat; I am also currently working towards detecting seismic activity using infrasound instruments onboard balloons floating in Venus atmosphere at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In the future I would like to work within space exploration projects, either in a space agency or in the industry.

“I am thankful to CNES-SGAC for this grant which will allow me to attend SpaceOps 2018. I am looking forward to presenting my work on the student rocket SERA-3 during the conference.”


Neus Monge-Raluy (Spain)

My name is Neus and I am a 23 years old Spanish student currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse (France) in the Space Systems specialization. I do my Master thesis for the development of an autonomous vision-based system capable of navigating and characterizing a target body at earliest phases of the missions. I will present it in SpaceOps 2018 in Marseille (France). I am currently working in another publication with regard to the Depth of Field estimation for the IAC2018 in Bremen (Germany). I am fluent in English, French, Spanish and Catalan, and I am currently enrolled in German courses. I have been studying and doing internships in Spain, France and Germany. Before the Master, I did the 4 years Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona (Spain) and I did my Bachelor thesis at ESA/ESOC in Darmstadt (Germany) during 6 months, as part of the Advanced Concept Studies team in a traineeship program. I am always excited about new ideas and skills. Enthusiasm and perseverance are for me the keys of the success.

“This unique opportunity will serve me as a compelling influence for my future professional career. I will attend many conferences and therefore I will have an overview of what is the ongoing trend in the space operations research. Besides, I will have for the first time the opportunity to present my work in front of many professionals and I will even have the chance to meet many of them. I am very grateful for the opportunity it has been given to me.”

Barbara Pilastre (France)

Barbara Pilastre received her Master degree from the University of Rennes 2 in statistics in 2017. Firstly interested by medical field, she discovered space field at the end of her studies and found that she had a passion for spacecrafts. She started the Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics in collaboration with the CNES and Airbus Defence & Space at IRIT/TéSA laboratory at the end of 2017. She’s presently working on monitoring satellites health using Machine Learning methods.

“I’m very grateful to CNES and SGAC for offer me the students sponsorship to attend the 15th conference on space operations. It represents for me a tremendous opportunity to meet experts, to learn and to discover more about space operations and, in particular regarding my topic research.”

Muhammad Shadab Khan (India)

My name is Muhammad Shadab Khan. I am currently undertaking my Double Degree Master studies at IMT Mines Albi/ Telecom Ecole De Management, France in Aerospace Materials Design Manufacturing and Innovation Management. I have done my Bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering from India in 2013 and had spent two years as Erasmus Mundus SpaceMaster student during 2013-2015. My Interests and experience are in the Nano-Satellites and I have worked on Preliminary System Design for a CubeSat Mission at Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble: IPAG, France as an Intern in 2015 and I am looking forward to be part of Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) Nanosatellite Programme, Estonia as an Intern during upcoming July where I will be working with the Mechanical team for two months. I came in contact with SGAC for the first time in Cape Town, South Africa during IAC 2011 and my contact with SGAC has helped me to a great level to enrich my passion in Aerospace. Previously I have also served as National Point of Contact for India during 2013-2015. I am looking forward to enhance my experience and interest in the Nano-Satellite industry as well as I also like to conduct outreach activities related to Aerospace Sciences for students.

“I would like to say thanks to SGAC and CNES for selecting me for this Scholarship and winning this scholarship gives me motivation to work harder and contribute towards Aerospace Research and Development activities in France and inspire the young generation.”