Partenaires Presentation

SIRIUS is an unprecedented public-private partnership between three leading operators in the global space sector (CNES, Airbus Defence and Space, and Thales Alenia Space) and two respected higher education institutions: Toulouse Business School and Toulouse 1 Capitol University.

Our partners


Since its creation in 1961, CNES, a French public establishment, has always worked closely with government authorities, the scientific community and the space industry to develop and implement innovative space programs.



CNES is a major player in the European space sector and plays a decisive role in developing space activities and placing France and Europe (via its major contribution to the European Space Agency) amongst the leading world space powers.


Combining 40 years of experience and a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, THALES ALENIA SPACE architects design and deliver high technology solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures.



Governments, institutions and companies rely on Thales Alenia Space to design, operate and deliver satellite-based systems that help them position and connect anyone or anything, everywhere, help observe our planet, help optimize the use of our planet’s – and our solar system’s – resources. Thales Alenia Space believes in space as humankind’s new horizon, which will enable to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services and solutions. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of about 2.6 billion euros in 2017 and has 7,980 employees in nine countries.


AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE is a division of the Airbus group, created by merging the activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. This new division is European leader in the space industry and defense, and ranks second in the world for the space industry.



It operates in the fields of space infrastructures, applications and services. Its activities and products meet the needs of both institutional clients and commercial customers, in particular for export, and cover the entire value chain for space activities, mostly with industrial partners who may be local (from the Midi-Pyrénées region), French, European or from other parts of the world. As such, Space Management and Law (considered from every point of view) are areas of major interest for Airbus Defence and Space.


Founded in 1903 by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Toulouse, TOULOUSE BUSINESS SCHOOL now has three campuses (in Toulouse, Barcelona and Casablanca) and a branch in Paris. TBS offers six study programs (Masters in Management, Bachelor program, Specialized Masters, MBA programs, Executive Education programs and a CPA vocational training program).



Its mission: Train high-level decision makers from all walks of life and regardless of where they will ultimately play a management role; contribute to furthering knowledge in the major management disciplines through the TBS Research Center. Toulouse Business School is one of the few schools with the triple international accreditation EQUIS/AMBA/AACSB. The school has a truly international profile, and has signed more than 150 exchange agreements with universities on every continent. There are nearly 80 different nationalities represented on the various campuses.


TOULOUSE CAPITOLE UNIVERSITY, which mainly teaches law, economics and management, has for many years offered specialized training in the field of space applications (especially international space law, the law, economics, and management of communications, the law, economics and management of networks, the law, economics and management of intellectual and industrial property, the law and regulation of business, and the protection of data and privacy).



It brings together teams of high-level researchers and many internationally-renowned individuals, including the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics (Prof. Jean Tirole). It has a Chair of the Digital Economy and a Laboratory of Excellence (Institute of Advanced Studies of Toulouse), which harnesses many skills in the social sciences, in emulation of Princeton University. The University’s Institute of Space Law, Territories and Communications (IDET-COM) brings together know-how and a range of expertise in the law concerning space, communications and space applications.