L'incontournable projet étudiant

In partnership with great European participants in aeronautical and space sectors:

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Origins of the VSH project


Enter in the Challenge to study the European manned suborbital rocket-plane ...

The exceptional feats of the SpaceShipOne in 2004 (first private spaceplane to reach the edge of space) have created an extraordinary context in a sector of the industry which until now had been trusted by the historical actors of the space conquest: national agencies and huge industrial conglomerates.

Inspired by this unprecedented success, several spaceflight projects have been started with the ambition to achieve similar results using original concepts. The overwhelming majority of this effort is located in the United States, benefiting from a wide diffusion of aerospace engineering skills. However similar characteristics exist in Europe, giving it the capacity to join this evolution.

The Astronaute Club Européen (ACE) was thus created by astronaut Jean-Pierre Haigneré to take up the challenge to build a manned suborbital spaceplane and let as many as possible live the exceptional experience of spaceflight in a European vehicle. This project is based on an air-launched reusable suborbital spacecraft and uses the experience gained from years of study in the industry.

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Platform access

Access to the download platform.
(For registered teams only).

Work instructions

To check carefully before beginning the project.

Who can apply to the Challenge?

The Challenge aims to European college students.
If you are currently studying any of the following subjects, the Challenge is for you:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Economy
  • Law
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Medicine
  • Etc.

How to take part?

With the agreement of their teaching institution, teams (two to five students) can apply online, on this website, to work on one of the 10 Work Packages proposed by the Challenge. These projects can be led completely autonomously ...


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