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A selection of the best papers presented at Space Propulsion 2018 will be proposed for submission to a Peer Review for possible publication on a Propulsion dedicated Special Edition of the Space Journal of the Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS)


The SPACE PROPULSION Conference, organized by the Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France in close collaboration with ESA and CNES, is now recognized to be THE international forum supporting the preparation of future activities and roadmaps in all the fields of space propulsion.
The programme of the event highlights programmatic and technical issues and promotes exchange of views and information in the two main areas of propulsion for spacecraft and for space transportation.

More than 700 professionals from over 30 countries are expected, gathering engineers and scientists from government, university and industry. This event is a unique opportunity to discover innovative solutions and implement fruitful exchanges between colleagues of different countries and disciplines.

SPACE PROPULSION 2018 will be organized around 5 axes:

  • An opening day dedicated to plenary sessions and round tables during which agencies’ general directors, industry, integrators and equipment manufacturers will be invited to speak;
  • 4 days dedicated to parallel presentations and plenary sessions (non-exhaustive list of topics and themes listed below);
  • A hall reserved to sponsors and exhibitors to showcase their know-how and innovation and spotlight technical results, technologies and research. For optimum visibility during the event, this exhibition space is situated at the heart of the conference centre, where the coffee and lunch breaks are served;
  • Ad-hoc workshops;
  • Technical visit.

In 2016, the SPACE PROPULSION Conference took place in Rome, Italy and proved to be a great and growing success. This achievement was possible thanks to the participation of a large number of top-ranking delegates from the international space sectors (Head of Agencies, Space Operators, Industry CEOs), European and International Agencies and Industry support (ESA, Airbus Safran Launchers, DLR, ECAPS and Nanospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sitael, Jaxa, IHI, Mitsubishi, Avio, ASI, Reaction Engines, CNES, Air Liquide, Thales Alenia Space, NASA, Safran) and to a great number of high quality papers presented throughout the event. In final, the event totaled 670 participants from 31 countries, 450 presentations in the various parallel sessions and 24 exhibition booths.