Dr Erick Lansard


Dr Erick Lansard
VP Innovation and R&T, Thales Defense Mission Systems

Erick Lansard holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering (1983) and a PhD in Space Geodesy (1987). In 1987 he joined Alcatel Espace to start mission analysis activities and to manage several advanced studies in the field of radar observation, signal intelligence, telecommunication and navigation (GNSS2). In 1999 he was appointed Director of System Engineering of Alcatel Space Industries then Director of Architecture, Observation & Sciences Space Systems in 2000 (optical, infra-red, hyperspectral, radar).

He has been successively Director of Research of Alcatel Space, then of Alcatel Alenia Space in 2005 and of Thales Alenia Space in 2007, with R&T teams in Toulouse, Cannes, Roma and Torino. In 2010, he was appointed VP R&T France and Director of Thales Research & Technology-France, the Thales Corporate Research lab in Palaiseau. In October 2013, he was appointed VP Technical & Space Development at Thales Solutions Asia, based in Singapore, also in charge of Innovation. In 2017, he was appointed VP Innovation and R&T at Thales Defense Mission Systems.

Among other duties, Erick is a member of the Academy of Air & Space, member of the International Academy of Astronautics, AIAA Associate Fellow and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Fellow. He has also chaired the International Astrodynamics Committee of the International Astronautical Federation until 2014. He has been and still is an active member of distinguished Steering Committees and Councils (eg: Scientific Council of French CNRS until 2015). He has published over 40 papers and holds several patents in the field of space system engineering.