60 years of successful service to the space odyssey
A driver of continuous progress, the space industry is currently undergoing a renaissance; a profound transformation into a more competitive environment as it enters the commercial era. Private companies can understand the wonderful challenges and rewards that space provides, so they are among the primary contributors to this dynamic. They are focusing on the production of telecommunications data (internet, GPS, etc.), terrestrial imaging (digital agriculture, smart cities, smart energy, etc.), climate observation, and the prevention of natural risks.
Air Liquide is ready to meet the challenges of this new chapter in the history of space. After more than 50 years of technological developments on the Ariane, Melfi, Planck, Herschel, Curiosity, and ExoMars programmes, we have the ambition, the will and the expertise to engage in all the major new international challenges: electric propulsion, more competitive launch vehicles, the constellation of satellites, life in space, and more.
Based on our expertise, we would like to contribute to sustainable space exploration by adapting terrestrial energy transition technologies to the cis-lunar world. For example, gas purification, electrolysis, liquefaction, high performance cryogenic storage, fluid filling stations, fuel cells...
As an industrial company, we consider that gases and cryogenics will be a cornerstone of a sustainable human presence in space, and useful for the development of transverse European service capabilities that all nations will need.