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Missiles, launchers, drones - 2019

Mini-drones: application issues and technological innovations


To provide the drone user or client with a good knowledge of the deployment context, tasks and technical issues of civil drone systems. Through numerous practical sessions, including a day of operational application, the learner will discover the conceptual building blocks of a civil drone system (aerial vector and embedded systems), the technical locks and an overview of future drone systems being studied in research laboratories.


The course lasts 3 days (18 hours) and includes:

  • Lectures and visits to experimental installations
  • Practical applications of mini-drone design
  • The practical implementation of micro-drone flight tests


The course aims to offer broad technical knowledge of the different types of micro-drones (planes, multirotors, convertibles, hybrid micro-drones) and to provide an appreciation of their specific advantages and disadvantages. This course provides a balanced combination of a technical/prospective approach and practical teaching via the use of drone systems in the field.


Course level: Basic

Knowledge of aeronautical systems and engineering sciences is required.



Professor at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO or the National Higher French Institute of Aeronautics and Space) and Consultant at ONERA. Founder and Director of the Groupement d'intérêt Scientifique (GIS) "Micro-Drones" (Micro-Drone Scientific Interest Group). In collaboration with a team of lecturer-researchers at ISAE-SUPAERO and the training school for drone operators at company Flying Manta.


  • Introduction to mini-, micro- and nano-drones (half day)
    • Definitions and concepts, miniature drone markets, the importance of miniaturization, uses
    • Technical difficulties related to miniaturization, specificity of air vectors, scale effects
    • Advantages and disadvantages of different configurations: swing-wing, rotary wing, fixed wing and hybrid designs
    • Demand, use, market and performance review
    • Advantages and disadvantages of different configurations: swing-wing, rotary wing, fixed wing and hybrid designs
  • Regulation, certification, airworthiness of civil drone systems (half day)
    • Summary of current regulations
    • Certification and airworthiness requirements for civil drones
    • Foreseeable evolution of regulations in France and internationally
  • Completing a reconnaissance mission (1 day)
    • Technical briefing and analysis of the drone system
    • Flight in the flight simulator, debriefing
    • Preparing a reconnaissance mission
    • Completing a reconnaissance mission in the field
    • Debriefing and panel discussion
  • Aerial vector design (half day)
    • Design constraints and the operational compromise
    • Notions of optimization of the propulsion chain
    • Visit to test benches and the ISAE-SUPAERO micro-drone wind tunnel
    • Future air systems
  • On-board architecture of civil drones (half day)
    • Current developments of on-board mini-drone systems
    • Hardware and software architecture
    • Overview of different actuators and sensors
    • Mission suitability of on-board architecture
    • Overview of operational architecture
    • Visit to the ISAE-SUPAERO Autonomous Systems Room
    • In-flight demonstration and working with development tools
  • Discussion panel: future perspectives and innovation


Schedulded in French:

TOULOUSE: 1st to 3 July 2019


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€1,220 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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