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 &
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 is the CEO of Exotrail and is in charge of executing and implementing Exotrail's vision.
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 entrepreneurship experience and his skills in finance, administration and operations as COO of Exotrail.
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.
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.
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. He joined Exotrail first as a SATT Paris-Saclay Technology maturation engineer in 2017 and then in Exotrail team since July 2018.
Julien is an AIT engineer with 3 years of experience in the space sector. He
holds a master's degree in Space-based Engineering Systems from the Observatory
of Paris and Paris-Sud University.
His background in building acoustics and his various experiences at IAS (Institut d'Astrophysique Saptiale) and PIT (Plateforme d'Integrations et Tests) as a space test engineer gave him strong skills in test environment. He has worked on different Cubesats (PicSat, X-cubesat ...) and European mission instruments such as MicrOmega, Wisdom (Exomars 2020), Phebus (Bepi Colombo), PMCU Euclid, etc. He is used to work in clean rooms, and space test facilities such as thermal vacuum tanks, shakers and thermal chambers, with associated ECSS test specifications.
Christophe is a recent graduate from ISAE-Supmeca, the “Superior Institute of
Mechanics of Paris” (Paris, France) with a mechanical engineering master degree.
He graduated with a specialization in “Mechanical Simulation and Design” and gained skills during his first experience as simulation engineer intern at Alstom.
He studied, designed and built the new thrust stand tool that measures the force provided by our thruster.
Paul graduated from École polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) in Mechanics. He enrolled
in a work-study contract between Exotrail and ISAE-Supaéro (Toulouse, France), a world
leader in aeronautics and aerospace engineering higher education, from which he will get
a MSc in Aerospace Engineering.
Paul developed his interest for the New Space industry when he worked as an AOCS intern for Airbus Defence and Space. He notably designed and prototyped constraints avoidance algorithms for a constellation of LEO telecommunication satellites. He is majoring in Signals and Systems at ISAE-Supaero.
Andrea obtained an MSc in Space Engineering from the University of Rome “Sapienza” and a French
Engineering Diploma from ISAE-SUPAERO both in 2012. He also holds a Master of Research in
Automatics and Signal Treatment from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Cachan). He did his Master
Thesis project at Airbus Defence and Space, working on space debris and the computation of collision
probability. From 2012 to May 2015 he has been working for the Space Mechanics department of the
CNES on behalf of Thales Services SAS. In this role, he contributed to the development of Celestab, an
open-source library for Space Mechanics, and to preliminary Mission Analysis studies.
From 2015 to 2017 he was part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Neurotechnology at Imperial College of London where he completed a Master of Research in Neurotechnology and a research project about the Application of Reinforcement Learning to robotic manipulation.