Examples of achievements


CRIPTE (Calcul sur Réseaux des Interactions Perturbatrices en Topologie Electromagnétique). This software, developed at ONERA since 1990, can be used to simulate the propagation of electrical signals and the problems of electromagnetic compatibility on complex cable harnesses.

It takes account of all installation conditions in any 3D environment and can be coupled with 3D codes. In 2016, major upgrades were made to the code to increase the volume capacity of the network models and reduce significantly the calculation times.


The Z-set software suite, co-developed by ONERA and MINES Paris-Tech, is composed of modules dedicated to understanding the mechanics of materials: behavior, service life, resistance, cracking.

The Z-cracks module enables simulation of the trajectory of cracks and their speed of propagation in thermo-mechanical fatigue: typical examples of industrial applications where the components undergo cyclic loads at extremely high temperatures.

Knowledge and understanding of cracking makes it possible to optimize the design and maintenance of parts.



Experimental resources

COPERNIC laboratory (Commande et PErception Robotique pour la Navigation, l'Interprétation et la Coopération - Robotic Control and Perception for Navigation, Interpretation and Operation) Experimental laboratory responsible for developing onboard intelligence solutions for micro-robotics. It combines ONERA's skills in computerized perception and vision with its control and planning skills, for producing demonstrations of autonomous and collaborative robotics. The COPERNIC research topics include sensors/processing co-design, geometric vision for localization and 3D modeling, control, collaborative control and planning. COPERNIC also includes a major hardware engineering activity (sensors, onboard calculation solutions and platforms) for being capable of producing proofs of concepts in realistic experimental robotics contexts.

GRIFON bench (Générateur de Recherche sur l’Impact de la Foudre de l’ONera - ONERA Lightning impact research generator)

GRIFON is a generator for testing the direct effects of lightning on materials. The principle of these tests is to apply to the material an arc of lightning carrying a standardized current.

Conceived for R&D, the initial version of the test bed was designed in 2010. It was upgraded in 2013 to offer greater flexibility of use while offering high instrumentation possibilities. It can now be used for generating DBC or BCD waves, according to standard.