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Aeronautics & Space

Ariane and Socitec

Socitec was involved in packing Ariane 5’s cyrogenic main stage into containers.
The objective was to produce comprehensive modeling, including the elasticity of the stage, container and suspension, while introducing dynamic efforts such as the passage of obstacles (ledge) and the road profiles.

We are currently closely involved in the Ariane 6 launcher, working on similar projects to design GSE shock and vibration decoupling.

Engine handling

Protection of aeronautical equipment starts on the ground. Any shocks occurring during handling can damage equipment systems. Socitec produced a damping system for the trolley used to transport the engine of the A380 made by Rolls-Royce The integration of cable-wired isolators ensured that this very fragile and costly equipment could be securely transported.


Exomars is a two-part astrobiology project. The objective is the study of the atmosphere of the planet Mars. The goal of the first part was to send a satellite into orbit of the planet Mars.

Socitec participated in the transport of the equipment of this satellite, providing the necessary damping to protect the material against shocks.

ELT – Extremely Large Telescope

The extremely large telescope (ELT) is a project developed by ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) since 2005. His goal is to improve astrophysical research by allowing detailed studies of subjects including planets around other stars, supermassive black holes… This telescope will be the largest optical telescope in the world, and is planned to start operations in 2025. It will be equipped with a large fragile mirror which will require a lot of protection during his transportation.

Socitec will ensure the transportation from Europe to Chile. To determine how isolate and protect these equipment against vibration during transportation, Socitec realized some tests.