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Seven l'X students attended the International Astronautical Congress

Seven Ingénieur Polytechnicien students participated in the International Astronautical Congress held from October 1st till October 5th in Bremen, Germany. They presented their scientific CubeSat project: IonSat.

IonSat is a small satellite that sizes approximately like a big cereal box. Following the successful launch of X-CubeSat in 2017, this new student satellite aims at performing orbit changes in very low orbit using ThrustMe's electric propulsion. During their second year at l'X, Jaafar Chakrani, Thomas Hurot, Nicolas Lequette, Geoffrey Magda, Clément Pellouin, Augustin Tommasini, Clément Yang and Arthur Toussaint worked on the early phases of the satellite development: feasibility study and mission analysis. A new team is currently continuing their work and the satellite should be launched into space by 2021.

At the IAC, Ingénieur Polytechnicien students presented their scientific project to a panel of 150 specialists from all over the world. This was the occasion to show how space projects can help young students gathering knowledge by working on a complex system with strict requirements; and to promote the excellence of École Polytechnique's education and its student space centre, AstronautiX. The International Astronautical Congress was a privileged moment for students to discover the professional opportunities in the aerospace field, by exchanging with other students, engineers, astronauts, CEOs or physicists. Inspiring talks given by Heads of agencies, Directors of famous laboratories, CEOs of big companies as well as rising start-ups gave the event its tempo.

The International Astronautical Congress was a unique chance for the students to strengthen their scientific network, discover the astronautical field and update on current research, at the world's largest astronautics gathering.

Photo credits: Clément Yang