The Association

HyFAR-ARA federates public institutions, research and education organisms, and industrial companies that are interested by hypersonic systems and their applications

The association, established in 1999, addressed first the atmospheric reentry domain, essentially space transportation and planetary probes.

Over time, the association extended its activity to :

  • space debris reentry
  • hypersonic flight vehicles

Actions

Some of the actions performed by the association to pursue its goals

  • organization of workshops or conferences
  • networking between its members and public institutions, industrials, education organizations and other associations interested in the reentry and/or hypersonic flight issues
  • communication towards professional or general public
  • expertise or analysis in its domain of expertise, either on demand or for its own purposes
  • support of young searchers, through grants for participating to congress or workshops

The objectives of the association

Within its area of interest, the association aims at:

  • promoting its members skills and know-how
  • defining a common vision on scientific and technological challenges
  • contributing to the development of common research and technology projects, from fundamental research, physical modeling and numerical simulation, up to in flight experimentation
  • fostering the constitution of industrial and/or research teams for such projects
  • animating and managing the members network
  • informing institutional and economical actors about atmospheric reentry and hypersonic flight  challenges, and the general public as well
  • making the promotion of the atmospheric reentry and hypersonic flight domain to the academic institutions, especially towards young pupils and students

Organization chart

Executive board

MAIRE Pierre-Henri

President

CEA

HUDRISIER Sylvain

Vice President

Ariane Group

ROSSIGNOL Fabrice

Treasurer

Université de Limoges

LAGO Viviana

Secretary

CNRS

PINAUD Gregory

Deputy Secretary

ArianeGroup

Administration board

MAIRE Pierre-Henri

CEA

ESQUIEU Sébastien

CEA

ROSSIGNOL Fabrice

University of Limoges

BILA Stéphane

University of Limoges

PINAUD Gregory

ArianeGroup

HUDRISIER Sylvain

ArianeGroup

CONGEDO Pietro

INRIA

BERTIN Henri

University of Bordeaux

PAPON Eric

University of Bordeaux

GODEFERD Fabien

CNRS

LAGO Viviana

CNRS

SPEL Martin

R. Tech

ANNALORO Julien

CNES

GALERA Stéphane

CNES

Project managers

ESQUIEU Sébastien -

CEA

- ESA’s FAR 2025 conference
- Website

PINAUD Gregory

ArianeGroup

- Archives management
- Website

ROSSIGNOL Fabrice

University of Limoges

- ESA’s FAR 2025 conference
- communication

PIROTAIS Dominique

CEA

- ESA’s FAR 2025 conference
- HERA 2024 Workshop
- Website
- communication

CONGEDO Pietro

INRIA

- ESA’s FAR 2025 conference

OLAZABAL Marina

CEA

-ESA’S FAR 2025 conference

MAIRE Pierre Henri

CEA

- ESA’s FAR 2025 conference
(local organization team leader)

LAGO Viviana

CNRS - ICARE Laboratory

- ESA’s FAR 2025 Conference
- HERA 2024 Workshop

HUDRISIER Sylvain

Ariane Group

- ESA’s FAR 2025 conference

BERTIN Henri

Bordeaux University

- ESA’s FAR 2025 conference

BERNARD Samuel

Limoges University

- ESA’s FAR 2025 conference

ANNALORO Julien

CNES

- ESA’s FAR 2025 conference

GALERA Stéphane

CNES

- ESA’s FAR 2025 conference

SPEL Martin

R. Tech

- ESA’s FAR 2025 conference

BARANGER Céline

CEA

HERA 2024 Workshop

TOUSSAINT Damien

CEA

HERA 2024 Workshop

The historical background

The inception

The association was created on March 18th 1999, following the successful experiment of the ARD reentry vehicle in october 1998. Its first denomination was ADTMRA (usual abbreviated designation : ARA).

Several new members joined the founding members (Aérospatiale SNI, now ArianeGroup, Aquitaine Region, now Nouvelle Aquitaine, University of Bordeaux): the french Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), SNECMA solid propulsion (today part of ArianeGroup), INRIA (french research institute on computer science), University of Limoges (France).

In year 2020, ADTMRA renewed its statutes and changed its name for HyFAR-ARA  (Hypersonic Flight & Atmospheric Reentry – Association pour la Rentrée Atmosphérique)

Some of the association major achievements

Research (2002-2007)

8 PhD and 1 post-graduate research contract performed in Bordeaux labs, with the support of Aquitaine Region and industrial members of the association

Science

  • November 2005 and April 2006 : industry/research seminars in Bordeaux
  • July 2005 : sponsoring of the 3rd International Planetary Probe Workshop
  • June 2006 : sponsoring of the 4th International Planetary Probe Workshop
  • July 2006 : 3AF conference on atmospheric reentry (sponsordhip for students attendance)
  • 25-29 June 2007 : organization of the 5th International Planetary Probe Workshop (Bordeaux)  https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/conferences-archive/ippw-5 

Conferences

5 editions of ARA Days, international conference on atmospheric reentry systems, were organized in Arcachon (within Bordeaux area, France ) between 2006 and 2005

Workshops

On the opening date of this website, the last two symposiums held respectively in 2015 and 2017 can be pointed out:

  • “Atmospheric Reentry of Space Debris” (2015)
  • “Atmospheric Reentry in Nouvelle Aquitaine: Stakes and Perspectives” (2017)

Technology project

In year 2004 HyFAR-ARA (ADTMRA until 2020) initiated a technology program on the CNES experimental flight vehicle Pre-X. This program was supported by a joint CNES-Aquitaine Region grant and addressed the vehicle instrumentation.