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

PIROTAIS Dominique

President

CEA

Marc Lacoste

Vice President

Ariane Group

ROSSIGNOL Fabrice

Treasurer

Université de Limoges

RIVIERES Bastien

Secretary

ArianeGroup

Administration board

PIROTAIS Dominique

CEA

ESQUIEU Sébastien

CEA

ROSSIGNOL Fabrice

Université de Limoges

BILA Stéphane

Université de Limoges

RIVIERES Bastien

ArianeGroup

LACOSTE Marc

ArianeGroup

CONGEDO Pietro

INRIA

MOUSSIER Pascal

INRIA

BERTIN Henri

Université de Bordeaux

PAPON Eric

Université de Bordeaux

OBSERVER

HARDOUIN Francis

Région nouvelle Aquitaine

Project managers

ESQUIEU Sébastien -

CEA

- 2021 transition workshop
- Website
- communication kit

RIVIERES Bastien

ArianeGroup

- Archives management
- Website
- communication kit

TRAN Philippe

ArianeGroup

- 2021 transition workshop

ROSSIGNOL Fabrice

Université de Limoges

- CNRS DR08 correspondant
- 2021 High performance material workshop
- Website

BOUILLY Jean Marc

ArianeGroup

- ESA FAR 2023 international conference
- BIG BANG St Médard en Jalles 2021

LACOSTE Marc

ArianeGroup

- ESA FAR 2023 international conference
- Space Hub project

CONGEDO Pietro

INRIA

- 2021 transition workshop

HUDRISIER Sylvain

ArianeGroup

- Website

OLAZABAL Marina

CEA

- 2021 transition 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.