Sirius Chair

Présentation Presentation

SIRIUS is a business chair, based on an original type of 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: the Toulouse 1 Capitol University and Toulouse Business School.

The SIRIUS Chair’s science managers bring together and direct researchers (PhD and post-doctoral students) or well-known international experts. It is also prepared to work with any the other French or European research teams.

It produces reference studies that are eligible for publication in the best (peer-reviewed) international scientific journals. It carries out studies on behalf of the French space industry and helps train and inform the personnel concerned, through seminars or specialized workshops.

The team focuses particularly on the legal, social, economic and managerial issues confronting space activities and, especially, those raised by the generalization of the use of satellites and the multiplication of space applications.

These challenges are occurring in a context that is rapidly being transformed, especially by the opening of the space sector to competition, the privatization and internationalization of the space industry, the progress accomplished in transmission and reception techniques, the introduction of new digital platforms using hybrid networks, and the proliferation of services and applications related to the increasingly generalized use of satellites.

SIRIUS serves the interests of the industries in the European space sector, as well as European space policy-makers and Europe’s space powers.

List of research topics for the Sirius Chair (2015-2020)

Space sector

  • Adding value to debris removal
  • Innovative financing methods in the space sector
  • Dynamics of the industry

Space companies (strategies, governance, convergence)

  • Instructing party-subcontractor relationships
  • Analysis of brakes and levers to innovation
  • Strategies for internationalization of SMEs: the space case
  • Coopetition: knowledge management and strategy

Space and Society

  • Long-term management of skills and abilities, and human resources management in a cyclical industry
  • Societal & economic interest of space in the Midi-Pyrénées Region

Law and space policy

  • Space & property
  • Space law
  • Determining liability for damage caused due to debris in outer space


Science Director

Professor Lucien Rapp

Lucien Rapp is a university “agrégé” of Law and a professor at Toulouse 1 Capitol University. As an expert in the aerospace sector for many years, he ranks consistently among the best specialists worldwide in space and communications law (Band 1)


He is a member of several international learned societies (including the International Institute for Space Law) and is the author of 10 books and more than a hundred scientific papers, especially on the law of space communications

In his capacity as an expert on legal issues relating to telecommunications he was a member of the High-Level Group of Experts, chaired by Mr Paul Champsaur and set up by Mr Francois Fillon, Minister of Post, Telecommunications and Space, to draft the provisions of the future act of 26 July 1996 to regulate telecommunications in preparation for the opening to competition on January 1st, 1998 of the French telecommunications market (interconnection charges, funding for a universal service, regulating local networks);

Director of the French-language Study Center at The Hague Academy of International Law, whose summer session was devoted to “The international implications of global communications”;

Member of the high-level group of experts brought together by the Commission of the European Union on the Galileo project;

Chairman of the working group on space telecommunications, set up by the Ministry of Research and Space, with a view to drawing up a French space law.

Member of the “space law” working group within the French Council of State, responsible for drafting the law relating to space operations (Act No.2008-518 of 3 June 2008).

At the request of the International Telecommunications Union, he produced a report on the legal challenges posed by the development of mHealth in Europe (Discussion Paper, “Filling the Gap: Legal and Regulatory Challenges of Mobile Health (mHealth) in Europe”). This report served as a basis for drawing up an international strategy for the development of medical applications accessible from mobile devices with or without satellite relays.

Lucien Rapp is a member of the Assessment Committee of France’s “Institut de l’Entreprise” and the Steering Committee of the “Digital Economy” Chair of the Paris-Dauphine Foundation. As a student he won the City of Toulouse Award (1976) and the Thesis Prize, was appointed First Secretary of the Internship Conference (1977), was awarded the Gold Medal for his internship and the “Alexandre Fourtanier Prize” (1979) before graduating as Faculty Laureat of his year (1982). He is an Officer de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2009) and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2011).

Science co-Director

Dr Denis Lacoste

Denis Lacoste holds a PhD in Management Sciences from the IAE of Aix en Provence and is accredited to supervise research. He pursued his post-doctoral studies at San Diego State University.


After working as a consultant he joined TBS as a professor of strategy. He was in charge of the “Business Strategy” hub, manager of the “Entrepreneurship and Strategy” research laboratory, Dean of the Faculty and TBS Director of Accreditations. He has been a visiting professor in several universities in the United States, Spain, Germany, Colombia, and Poland. He is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Doctoral School of Toulouse 1 Capitole University.

He is currently the Research Director of Toulouse Business School. His current research focuses on corporate governance, international strategies and the management of service companies.

He has written numerous academic articles on these issues and co-wrote “Stratégies d’Internationalisation des Entreprises” (published by De Boeck) in 2011.

Manager of the Chair /

Dr Victor Dos Santos Paulino

Victor Dos Santos Paulino holds a doctorate in Economic Sciences from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis. He joined Toulouse Business School in 2008, where he is an associate professor in Management of Innovation and Business Strategy.


His research focuses on industrial dynamics and innovation under conditions of uncertainty. His studies often apply to sectors producing complex products and particularly the space sector.

He has published several articles in scientific journals and is a member of learned societies related to his research themes, such as the Research Network on Innovation.