Educational content

Educational content

Two education pillars:

1. Courses created for the PA

PHY550 – Plasmas in Space Science and Technology

  • Natural Plasmas in space (solar wind, planetary magnetospheres,ionosphere, etc.).
  • Interaction between the satellite and the space environment.
  • Propulsion of satellites by using plasma thrusters.


PHY569B – Space Missions and Astrophysical Plasmas

  • Exploration missions of the Solar System.
  • Space instrumentation.
  • Key astrophysic phenomena: shocks, magnetic reconnection, turbulence.


PHY569C – Space Mechanics and Multi-Disciplinary Optimization

  • Tools for the analysis of space orbits, notion of cahotic orbits and collision risk management.
  • Mathematical methods and machine learning for the conception of space systems.
2. Space Projects in EA : PHY514
  • Selected projects, with laboratories and partners. Great diversity of topics; from theoretical physics to engineering and space projects, through applied mathematics and machine learning.
  • Projects lead by students working in pairs.
  • Supervisors selected on the basis of their scientific and educational qualities.
  • Follow-up from the PA manager.
  • Possibility to continue the project in period 3 (stage de recherche).

NUMERUS CLAUSUS : PA limited to 22 students to ensure excellent project supervision

Choice of the courses in P1 (recommended list, but other choices are possible if compatible with the time schedule)
  • INF558 : Introduction to Cryptology
  • MAP551 : Dynamic systems for the modelisation and simulation of multi-scale reactive environments.
  • MAP555 : Signal Processing
  • MEC554 : Compressible Aerodynamics
  • MEC552A : Numerical methods in fluid dynamics
  • PHY553 : Stellar Astrophysics
  • PHY574 : Cosmology
Choice of the courses in P2 (recommended list, but other choices are possible if compatible with the time schedule)
  • INF568 : Advanced Cryptology
  • MEC560 : Propulsions
  • MEC561 : Fluid-Structure Interactions
  • PHY569B : Space Missions and Astrophysical Plasmas
  • PHY583 : Black holes, neutron stars, and associated phenomena

To complement the training

  • CNES: An intensive one-week training course at the beginning of the year (September) created and delivered in Toulouse for PA students.

 ➢    An immersion in the world of space before starting courses and projects at the X.

 ➢    Allow students to get to know each other better and create cohesion among PA students.


  • MasterClass of the PA: Conferences and discussions with space experts and start-up creators.

 ➢    Complement the students’ culture and knowledge of the space industry.

 ➢   Create a community and inform the students about the different profiles and careers in the space domain.


  • Internship of period 3: partnerships with major universities, among which Caltech JPL, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Université de Tokyo, Australian National University, EPFL Lausanne, TUM Munich

 ➢    An experience abroad.
 ➢    A wider view on space missions, agencies, and international collaborations.