Our ambition relies on complementary profiles, various experiences and in-depth
expertise at the interface of business and technology. Our team is the gathering of highly motivated
scientists, engineers, managers and young graduates from top-level European institutions.
Discover who we are, and what we do…and contact us if you want to join our adventure.
Cofounder & CEO
Nicolas holds an Aerospace Master in Science Degree from ISAE-ENSMA, a Business Degree from
ESSEC & Centrale Paris and a Financial Certificate from HEC Paris. Nicolas acquired a highly
valuable experience in management during his 6-year job at ALTRAN, managing critical projects
and large teams, then reorganization projects.
Passionate with entrepreneurship, he cofounded, structured and developped his first start-up,
Adionics as VP Finance & Administration. After 5+ years, more than 5M€ of fundings and a lot
of successes, he decided to join Exotrail project and is now one of the 4 cofounders.
Nicolas brings his experience in executive position, management and finance as CEO of Exotrail.
Cofounder & COO
David graduated from École polytechnique where he followed the MSc program in Technology & Innovation Management
and Entrepreneurship, and followed a MPhil in the University of Cambridge in Industrial Systems, Manufacture & Management.
David acquired a hands-on experience and knowledge of the aerospace sector when he worked for the French Air Force
and then for a “new space” Swiss start-up. He also developed a professional understanding of business issues regarding
technology-based start-ups and companies while working for a $100M Venture Capital.
David acts as Chief Operating Officer and is in charge of operations, business development and strategy.
Cofounder & CTO
Jean-Luc is a space payload engineer and technical project manager.
He has been leading and engineering scientific space missions such as
Venus Express, Exomars or BepiColombo for more than ten years within the
French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
His focus was to develop remote instruments from the concept idea to the
fully-qualified space hardware. He is now in charge of a technical laboratory
for integration and testing of ground and space equipment.
Jean-Luc manages the technical development of Exotrail miniaturised propulsion system.
Cofounder & CSO
Paul graduated from the École polytechnique in Technology Management, and holds a
MSc in Aerospace from Supaero (Toulouse, France), one of the top-leading
Aeronautics & Aerospace European universities. Paul is an aerospace-addict!
He designed our fully-functional thrust balance instrument - which aims at measuring our booster’s thrust.
In the past, he worked for a Swiss new-space startup, went through a research program at Caltech
and worked for Airbus Defence & Space. He even owns a pilot license! Paul plays a crucial role
at the interface between technology and business thanks to his insightful academic and professional
experiences. Paul transverse vision on the Aerospace sector gives him the insights to serve as Chief
Scientific Officer at Exotrail, where he is leading the R&D, the Mission services design and the software development.
System and Test Engineer
Bastien is a recent graduate with an international double master degree in "Industrial Automation" at the University of Brescia
(Brescia, Italy) and "Mechatronic Systems for Rehabilitation" at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris, France).
He specialized in the space sector with the "Space-based Systems Engineering" master degree at the Observatory of Paris
(Meudon, France). Throughout semesters abroad in Brescia (Italy), Toronto (Canada) and more recently at the
French Space Agency (CNES Toulouse), he developed capability of meeting specifications and needs of a project
and ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Electronic Design Engineer
Romain is an electronic design engineer. Within the French National Center for Scientific Research
(CNRS), he was in charge of different payload electrical design for high-altitude balloons.
He was also involved in several scientific instrument design onboard microsatellite for earth observation.
Romain leads the electrical aspects at Exotrail.