Organization Profile

ONERA (Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales) is a public, scientific and technical establishment with both industrial and commercial responsibilities, ONERA reports to the French Ministry of Defence 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 ONERA missions are as follows:

  • To assist government agencies in charge of coordinating civil and military aerospace policy
  • To direct and carry out aerospace research
  • To design, produce and operate the resources needed to perform research and testing for manufacturers
  • To make available and commercialize the results of its research and facilitate application of this research by industry, including non-aerospace sectors
  • To support the French training policy for scientists and engineers

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, propulsion, 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 is a gateway between scientific research and industry, cooperating with CNRS (National Scientific Research Centre) and the most prestigious universities in France as well as its counterparts in Europe. 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.

ONERA was and is involved in numerous European projects from the previous Framework Programs from fundamental to applied research, even demonstrators, with strong links to industry and academia. In FP7, ONERA was a partner of the project SUNJET and is currently involved in the HIKARI EU-Japan project. This was performed in complement of the ONERA-DLR-JAXA institutional trilateral cooperation and the French-Japan cooperation.

Role in the project

ONERA was already involved in the previous SUNJET CSA project as well as in the FP7 call 5 HIKARI project on high speed key technologies. Based on its experience of cooperation with Japan, especially with its Japanese counterpart JAXA, ONERA continues its involvement in the H2020 SUNJET II project. Its role will be to review the different actors implied in R&T, the existing funding systems, the on-going EU-Japan activities including H2020 call 2 new EU-Japan cooperation projects and also the main hurdles encountered in the cooperation.

Updates and collection of new topics for potential cooperation will be performed thank to the link with the Research Establishments of EREA and with the Japanese partners (JAXA and others).

Common list of areas and themes of common interest will be established with the partners from industry (aircraft, systems and equipment), academia and clusters.

This will lead to the definition of recommendations and technical roadmaps for the future.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 640480

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The consortium is working in close cooperation and supported by Japanese mirror organizations, including the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC), the Japan Aircraft Development Corporation (JADC), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the University of Tokyo and Chubu Aerospace Industry and Technology Center (C-ASTEC).

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