ONERA's mission

  • Developing and guiding research activities in the aerospace field

  • Designing, developing and deploying the resources required to conduct this research

  • Disseminating, in collaboration with the authorities or organisations responsible for scientific and technical research, the results of said research at national and international levels; promoting their use by the aerospace industry and, where appropriate, facilitating their application outside the aerospace field.


In these different capacities, it is notably tasked with:

  • Conducting itself or asking a third party to conduct, on its own initiative or upon request, all the studies and research required by the aerospace industry

  • Ddeveloping test and calculation facilities for the benefit of aerospace research and industry

  • Liaising with French, foreign and international organisations whose activities may contribute to the advancement of aerospace research

  • Disseminating and promoting the results obtained, in particular through publications, patents and operating licenses

  • Promoting the launching or development of initiatives in favour of aerospace research or industry

  • Assisting official organisations and authorities as an expert and upon request

  • Contributing, in its field of competence, to the training policy on research and through research

In liaison with the National Centre for Space Studies, it contributes, through its own actions or through agreements, to research and experimental achievements in the space field.


Programme divisions

The mission of the Defence, Aeronautics and Space programme divisions is to propose ONERA's strategy within their activity scope, and take the resulting actions. They are the privileged interlocutors for clients and stakeholders.

To learn more about the Defence program division
To learn more about the Aerospace program division
To learn more about the Space program division

Valuation and intellectual property division

ONERA is also opening up its knowledge base and test facilities to all sectors of the industry. Objective: to enable companies of all sizes to benefit from the transfer of know-how and high value-added technologies to develop new products and services.
To learn more about the valuation and intellectual property division


Key figures

  • 2031 collaborators
  • 1287 engineers and management staff
  • 159 new hires including 87 engineers and management staff
  • 281 doctoral students • 27 post-doctoral researchers
    241 technicians • 189 employees • 1 worker
    32 work/study placement students • 244 interns
  • A budget of €234 million
  • 1st european wind-tunnels collection
  • 243 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 315 peer-reviewed conference papers
  • 1068 technical reports
  • 79 doctoral theses defended
  • 8 “habilitations” (HDR) defended
  • 110 “habilitations” (certifications to conduct research)