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  • The treacherous rays of the sun

    Electronic components are subject to natural radiation that could harm them or create false information, especially at altitude. ONERA assesses the damage, to improve the reliability of satellites or aircraft.

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  • The day when drones will work together

    An autonomous drone is something that has become almost commonplace. However, getting several ground, sea or aerial drones to cooperate for a specific mission remains a challenge.

  • Combining lasers for powerful lidars

    By combining several lasers, powers that are unattainable with a single one can be obtained. Purpose: to improve lidars, which are quickly spreading measurement devices.

  • Checking Identity While in Flight

    Is the plane that is contacting the control tower really the one that it claims to be? In order to check this, ONERA and its partners are developing a recognition system based on the use of ambient waves. 

  • Digital Metallurgy

    Modeling of material microstructures allows the simulation of their mechanical behavior in operation, and so the optimization and greater reliability in the design of parts, for more reliable and efficient aircraft engines.

  • After the Velib’, the Planelib’?

    The purpose of the PPlane project is to explore an individual transport concept using automatic planes with few seats, for the general public. The challenge: supplementing the multimodal transport of the future with an air link to provide greater flexibility and speed.

  • Our nanotubes are right on track

    Carbon nanotubes, long extremely thin tubes discovered twenty years ago, are very promising for the elaboration of new sensors highly sensitive to pollutants and explosives.

  • A laser to measure noise

    A new laser measurement technique makes it possible to locate and characterize the noise at a distance. This is of great interest for aeronautical acoustics!

  • Lunar Radar Control

    The soil, or even the subsoil, of the Moon can be studied… without leaving the Earth! This is indeed what ONERA’s Nostradamus radar can do, if its electromagnetic sight is pointed towards the Moon rather than towards the horizon.

  • More realistic virtual engines

    Modeling what happens in the combustion chamber as accurately as possible is very important in the design of more environmentally friendly aircraft engines. New "unsteady" models are now being used to better simulate the formation of pollutants as well as the ignition or extinction phases of these engines.

  • The ice hunt starts here

    A better understanding of the formation of ice on aircraft, helping the aircraft builders to prove that their aircraft can cope, and eliminating the most dangerous ice: these are the objectives of Sunset, a joint research project between Onera and Nasa.

  • Maxwell would have loved it

    EMIR is a system used to map electromagnetic fields using infrared. James Maxwell, the founder of electromagnetism, would surely have loved it...

  • The droplet and the engine

    And what if we could reduce the consumption of aeronautic engines by controlling the evaporation of micro-droplets of kerosene?

  • 50 years of laser research at Onera

    Since its invention in 1960, applications of the laser have multiplied constantly. Research in aeronautics hasn't been left out, and lasers are now an essential tool for studying and understanding turbulence, analyzing combustion and observing pollution. A short tour around laser research at Onera.

  • Drones in the playground with their big brothers

    If we don't want to drones to be restricted to just a few reserved sectors of air space we have to show that they can be introduced with zero risk into the airspace occupied by piloted aircraft.

  • Assisting Combustion with Plasma

    Plasmas can initiate and accelerate combustion in engines and turbines. Their experimental study on test benches aims to improve the understanding of the involved phenomenon and to optimize it.

  • Take-Off at the Martel Test Bench

    To reproduce the shock wave of a launcher on take off, the University of Poitier's Martel* test bench is being adapted for the generation of acoustic transient phenomena.

  • Wind Turbines, Computers in the Fields

    Onera researchers are working on the behaviour of wind turbines. Objective: to improve their performances in all wind speeds and also to build even more powerful wind turbines. The solution may lie in more flexible blades.

  • Reversed Time

    To perfect electromagnetic compatibility tests, Onera researchers have adapted a technique developed over the last few years in acoustics, time reversal.

  • Combining Scale Models for the Best... in the Best Way

    Faced with a choice between calculation methods that are simple but limited or methods that are more elaborate but costly, some choose... not to choose. By combining the two approaches, they are attempting to model complex phenomena with the greatest possible precision.