From January 28 to 30, defense professionals and young talent wishing to work in the industry met at the Grande Halle de la Villette to attend the “Fabrique Defense” 2022 event. LeoFly, the aerospace student club of the Devinci Higher Education, was present for the occasion.
Big names in the space industry such as Ariane Group, Thales, Safran came to meet young people to present their latest generation solutions such as Euroflir, Reality H, or critical programs such as Ariane 6.
A special event focusing on the defense innovation
The 2nd edition of the Defense Factory event brought together 250 partners (Ministry of the Armed Forces, Think Tanks, industrialists, institutions, associations). It offered the public 160 thematic stands on nearly 20,000 m2: Europe, cyber, energy, climate and environment, innovation, aerospace, aero maritime, air-land.
From simulators to round tables and escape games, the young participants could find activities for all tastes. It was the perfect opportunity to discover the defense professions and build a European strategic culture.
LeoFly: learning about aeronautics and aerospace by doing
Passionate about aeronautics and aerospace, some 15 LéoFly members – students from the classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025 – came to meet professionals and explore career opportunities.
“I had the chance to talk with some of ArianeGroup’s engineers about the new Ariane 6 launcher,” explains Alexandre, class of 2023.
“Among the companies present at the show were Thales, Safran, ArianeGroup, Dassault Aviation, MBDA, Collins Aerospace and the French Air Force.
This exhibition was also a unique opportunity to meet with other enthusiasts in the field and develop contacts for potential internships or job offers.
In addition, we had the opportunity to visit the Safran stand, which was exhibiting their airborne electro-optical system: EUROFLIR™.
This camera allows helicopters, planes, and drones to carry out intelligence, protection, search and rescue missions.
LéoFly is currently developing a camera (Tele-Follower project) capable of tracking the take-off of a rocket. LeoFly’s camera has (on a student scale) specific points in common with the Safran technology”, added Alexandre, engineering student and aerospace enthusiast.
LeoFly is the student aeronautics and aerospace club at the Devinci Higher Education. Created in 2015, it now has about 100 passionate members.