A survey conducted by the INSEE (French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies) reveals a boom in the aeronautics and space industry in south western France during 2014, a trend which is expected to continue in 2015.
Civilian and military programmes boost business for Dassault Aviation
Dassault’s new Falcon 8X is already proving to be a commercial and technical success for the aircraft manufacturer.
After completing its first flight from Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, it is now undergoing a series of tests before embarking on the certification phase and realising its first deliveries, during the second half of the year 2016.
Showing its loyalty to Aquitaine, Dassault Aviation will build a Dassault Falcon Services Maintenance Centre specialising in high-end business aircraft (notably, the Falcon 7X). As a result, 100 jobs will be created at its Mérignac site.
Another positive development for the 2,500 Dassault employees in Aquitaine and its subcontractors is the sale of 24 Rafale fighter aircrafts to Egypt for 5 billion euros.
Bordeaux welcomes the first French autonomous car
The first autonomous car capable of running without human input or intervention will be showcased at the Bordeaux Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Congress from 5th to 9th October 2015.
“The unveiling of this futuristic car will be a first in France”, said Thierry Le Hay, Innovation Manager at PSA (Peugeot Citroen, French car manufacturer).
UGS, 1st BtoB fair dedicated to autonomous systems in Bordeaux
In view of the success of the UAV Show featuring airborne drones, a new fair named UGS (‘Unmanned Global Systems’) has been developed in parallel; it focuses on the broader scope of air, land and marine autonomous systems.
It will take place from 13th to 15th October 2015 in the Bordeaux Exhibition Centre.
In a fast-growing market, UGS, the 1st European fair for this industry, is hoping to attract 4,000 international visitors.
Aerocampus Aquitaine continues to gain momentum
2014 has been a year of major projects for Aerocampus Aquitaine, as evidenced by a 5-year partnership signed with Dassault Aviation to train its future maintenance operators.
Similar work has been initiated with SAFT, world leader in high technology batteries, for the deployment of their global centre for client training in battery maintenance.
With its 50 employees, 19 schools and businesses located on-site and the annual presence of more than 20,000 people, Aerocampus Aquitaine has also become a hub of exchange and economic attraction, giving it prominence within the field of European aeronautics.
In 2015, Aerocampus is adopting a new approach of diversifying around new sectors such as the marine and digital industry. The development of Telespazio group’s EarthLab is a perfect example of this diversification.
Its goal: operational monitoring of the environment using satellite data.