Established in 1983 in Toulouse on the initiative of André Turcat, the aims of the National Air and Space Academy are the following:
"To encourage the development of high quality scientific, technical, cultural and human actions in the realms of Air and Space, promote knowledge in these areas and constitute a focal point for activities."
In order to reflect the realities of the European environment, whilst at the same time maintaining the progress realised thanks to its French roots, the general assembly, in its session of 19 June 2006, decided that the Academy's official name would change to: AIR & SPACE ACADEMY
||First day of the Academy
On 21 November 1783, a hot air balloon carried two men into the sky for the first time: Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes. The era of space conquest was beginning.
Exactly two centuries later, the first French Air and Space Academy was founded and to celebrate the event, a reproduction of the original balloon was sent up over the Toulouse Capitole.
The Academy is composed of:
- Fellows from European countries;
- Foreign Associate members from countries outside of Europe;
- Correspondents from any country, European or not, who ensure a link between the Academy and contemporary aerospace activities;
- Honorary members chosen from the ranks of the aeronautics and space pioneers.
- At 75 years of age, members are granted Emeritus status.
Its members, who come from all walks of aerospace life – pilots, astronauts, scientists, engineers, doctors, manufacturers, economists, lawyers, artists ... – all work together to achieve these essential goals.
They represent a pool of know-how and constitute a reference for the media. Certain members are called on to help in legal inquiries and act as consultants in the major European aerospace firms, or as experts for the European Commission, etc.
Work is carried out in the framework of Sections & Commissions.
|Some of the founding members are present on this photo taken on the day the Academy was founded :
1st row, from left to right: André TURCAT, André ROUSSET
2nde row: Jean MOINE, Jean RÖSCH, Valérie ANDRÉ, Hubert CURIEN, Deputy Mayor (Guy HERSANT), André FLOURENS
3rd row: Jean BOULET, Edmond PETIT, Jean-Loup CHRÉTIEN, Jacques BLAMONT, Albert DUCROCQ, Roger BÉTEILLE, Marc PÉLEGRIN, Pierre CARRIÈRE, Lucien MALAVARD, Pierre CONTENSOU
4th row: Jacques NOETINGER, Claudius LA BURTHE, General Secretary of the Mayor (François LAFFONT), Marcel BARRÈRE
|The other founding members are:
Jacqueline AURIOL, André AURIOL, Michel BIGNIER, Edmond BRAURE, Roger CHEVALIER, Pierre CLOSTERMANN, Paul GERMAIN, Robert GRANDPIERRE, Jean-Claude HUSSON, Pierre LISSARRAGUE, Charles MARCHETTI, Jean-Marie SAGET, Pierre VELLAS, Jean-Claude WANNER, Gabriel WEISHAUPT
Sections and Commissions
The work of the Academy’s sections can lead to the organisation of conferences or publications. Topical matters are dealt with in the analyses of the bilingual “Dossiers” series containing recommendations directed at the relevant authorities. Sections can also link up with other institutions to produce joint studies.
Fellows join different sections according to their speciality. Each section counts approximately a sixth of the number of regular members, except Section II which has roughly a third. Associate members and correspondents are also affected to specific sections.
Ad hoc commissions are charged with examining specific problems involving several sections. Four permanent commissions exist and any number of temporary commissions can be set up to look into a particular issue.
The Academy generally holds five sessions a year with the aim of encouraging an exchange of ideas on important topical issues, taking collective decisions as to possible actions and sending recommendations to the appropriate authorities.
In line with its new European perspective, it regularly holds sessions in other European aerospace capitals, with the support of its European members and partners.
The final session of the year, the Solemn Plenary Session, which takes place in Toulouse, is the occasion for the Academy to present its prizes and medals to laureates and to swear in its new members and board of governors.
Board of governors
[ Historical of members of the Board ]
- Martine SEGUR, Directeur
- Isabelle DUTREY, Secrétaire
- Patricia SEGALA, Chargée de communication et de documentation
- Lindsey JONES, Chargée de publications
- Arnaud RIBES, Infographiste / Webmaster
- AÉROPORTS DE PARIS AIR FRANCE
- KLM AIRBUS AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE
- AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
- AKKA TECHNOLOGIES
- AUBERT ET DUVAL
- BORDEAUX INP
- CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D'INDUSTRIE DE TOULOUSE
- CONSEIL RÉGIONAL D’AQUITAINE
- CREDIT MUTUEL
- DASSAULT AVIATION
- DASSAULT SYSTEMES
- DGA TECHNIQUES AÉRONAUTIQUES
- ECOLE CENTRALE DE PARIS
- ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE
- EUTELSAT COMMUNICATIONS
- LIEBHERR AEROSPACE TOULOUSE SAS
- MAIRIE DE BLAGNAC
- MAIRIE DE TOULOUSE
- MBDA FRANCE
- OFFICE NATIONAL DES AEROPORTS
- RATIER FIGEAC
- RUAG SPACE AB
- SAAB AB
- SAFRAN AERO BOOSTERS
- STELIA AEROSPACE
- SWEDISH SPACE CORPORATION
- THALES / STRATEGY, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
- THALES ALENIA SPACE
- THALES GROUP TOULOUSE METROPOLE
- UNIVERSITÉ PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III
- ZODIAC AEROSPACE
With the support :
- Académie Royale de Belgique
- Aeroclub de France
- Bibliothèque de Toulouse
- Cité de l’espace
- Ecole Polytechnique Executive
- La Réunion Aérienne et Spatiale
- Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace
- Palais de la Découverte
- Royal Aeronautical Society
- Universita Sapienza di Roma