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About us

Find out how we revolutionize space flights

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Genesis

Our genesis is our founder's dream : "Travelling towards the stars, without polluting, in harmony with elements." To do so, we tackle great challenges on a daily basis and dare to find revolutionary solutions. With a committed approach, we aim to design the future of space flights and push all boundaries by opening the doors of nearspace. Excellence is our every day quest.

History

& Legacy

1783

Hot air balloon invention
Invention of the hot air balloon by the Montgolfier brother. Invention of the gas balloon by Pilâtre de Rozier.

1870

The famous ancestor
Ernest Sézanne, Vincent Farret d'Astiès' ancestor, allows Minister Léon Gambetta to escape from enemy fire by taking off from the Montmartre hilltop in a 16-meter wide balloon.

1931

Altitude record in a balloon
The Swiss Auguste Piccard reaches an altitude of 16 000 meters from Augsburg. The first living being to ever reach the stratosphere.

1959

Mars in sight
With its telescope, Audoin Dollfus rises up to 14 000 meters in the sky and detects the presence of water on Mars.

1961

France at the forefront
The French space agency (CNES) is created under the impulse of the scientific community and Charles de Gaulle. The balloon activity consists in designing and operating aeronautical vehicles to carry scientific instruments.

2016

Zephalto is born
In the pursuit of a child dream, Vincent Farret d'Astiès creates Zephalto in Occitania, France.

2022

The growth
The Zephalto team expands in Paris and Toulouse. The development of the capsule continues and the Zephalto brand name is introduced.
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The French space agency, our strategic scientific partner

With over 60 years of research, development, and thousands of flights dedicated to space balloons, the CNES (National Center for Space Studies) provides us with the most advanced technologies, the result of unparalleled expertise in the field of space. This exclusive partnership allows us to shape an experience capitalizing on the know-how and experience of the CNES. Zephalto thus benefits from a privileged technological transfer and continuous support, representing the very core of our partnership.

Our advisors

Jean-Luc

Diemunsch

Ex Airbus
Technical & Engineering Advisor

Technical & Engineering Advisor

Thomas

Fouquet

Head of NewSpace at CNES
CNES Advisor

CNES Advisor

Vincent

Dubourg

Deputy director at CNES
CNES Advisor

CNES Advisor

Stéphanie

Lisy-Destrez

Professor at ISAE-SUPAERO
Scientific Advisor

Scientific Advisor

Christian

Mouillon

Former Partner at EY
Strategy & Finance Advisor

Strategy & Finance Advisor

Jean-François

Ferret

Ex CEO of Relais & Châteaux
Business & Strategy Advisor

Business & Strategy Advisor

Jochen

Zaumseil

Ex L’Oréal Asia
Luxury Advisor

Luxury Advisor

Florent

Contamine

Ex Dassault
Engineering Advisor

Engineering Advisor

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Our team

Vincent
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Vincent

Farret d’Astiès

Founder and Chief Pilot
Astrid
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Astrid

de Piedoüe

Chief Financial Officer
David
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David

Bergotti

Chief Technical Officer
Marie
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Marie

Bascou

Chief Marketing Officer
Adrien
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Adrien

Tantin

Lead Engineer
Olivier
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Olivier

Authier

Manufacturing Project Manager
Marie-Alix
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Marie-Alix

Martinet

Administrative Assistant
Antonin
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Antonin

Lecomte

Space Systems Engineer
Laura
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Laura

Rodrigues

Test Technician
Gaspard
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Gaspard

Thieulin

Development Engineer
Mazarine
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Mazarine

Régis

Brand Project Manager
Sébastien
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Sébastien

Roubinet

Composite Technical Designer
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Life at Zephalto

Zephalto office in Paris at Station F
Zephalto engineers in Toulouse
Zephalto engineers in Toulouse

Our partners