Created in 2015, the Grenoble University Space Center (CSUG) aims to make space accessible to all by joining the NewSpace trend.
Membres fondateurs du CSUG
The founding members of CSUG


NewSpace is a new way of designing and developing space missions, which differs from the traditional mode of operation. Thanks to the emergence of small satellites (nano-satellites), new actors such as universities, small and medium-sized companies now have access to space and are moving towards more and more ambitious missions, offering real scientific, economic and societal benefits.

An educational platform for science and technology 

CSUG federates actors from research, industry and education by involving them in the construction of nanosatellites.

Inaugurated on 11 September 2015 by Patrick Lévy, Chairman of the Université Grenoble Alpes Foundation, and Brigitte Plateau, President of Grenoble INP, Grenoble University Space Centre (CSUG) aims to become a key player in the development of miniaturised space instruments in France and in Europe. It is positioned as an educational platform for science and technology, striving to promote interaction between research, industry and education players.

Centred around innovative technological projects with identified scientific opportunities, the CSUG takes an original approach to university education, teaching students from the Université Grenoble Alpes and Grenoble INP about space through project-based learning.

Open spaces of possibilities

A space centre built around five core values 

  • Professionalism : We put our multidisciplinary, technical, scientific and human skills at the service of the reliability of our achievements.
  • Transmission : Sharing, diffusing, training and learning with passion and simplicity.
  • Humanity : We choose to engage in societal issues with respect and goodwill.
  • Audacity : Let's launch challenges, live the adventure of space and explore the limits.

A region brimming with expertise in miniaturised instrumentation

The main technological complication for nanosatellites lies in the miniaturisation of instruments and, in particular, payloads. Grenoble has developed undeniable know-how thanks to three main factors:
  •  exceptional miniaturisation expertise
  • strong cooperation between academic and industrial players
  • top-quality innovative scientific research

The CSUG is a springboard for strengthening the space industry in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and accelerating the development of miniaturised technology.

Published on  November 21, 2017
Updated on October 25, 2022