TARMAQ: why now?




TARMAQ, the future Cité des savoirs aéronautiques et spatiaux, will be a unique concept mixing acquisition, dissemination, transmission and valorization of knowledge

TARMAQ is a long-term project that represents a new step in the Aerospace strategy of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, continuing a long history of ambitious private and public initiatives and policies.

The creation of the TARMAQ Pre-Launch Group (Association de préfiguration) by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, Bordeaux Métropole, the City of Mérignac and the Aeronautics, Space and Defence ecosystem, is a direct response to the ever-increasing challenges the sector is facing today, especially in light of the Covid 19-related crisis.

Supporting a key industry and its transformation

Though it has been severely impacted by the Covid crisis, the Aeronautics, Space and Defence sector has also demonstrated how vital it is to our society (i.e. for the transfer of patients and medical staff, the transport of medical supplies…).

Moreover, this industry is a key component to France’s and the European Union’s strategic autonomy and a major job provider, largely contributing to the economy and industrial know-how in France and Europe.

Furthermore, a renewed Aeropace industry will emerge from the crisis. New traveling habits and a reduced environmental impact will accelerate transformations on the whole supply chain, from conception to operations, from maintenance to deconstruction and dismantlement.
The sector’s resilience will necessarily be conditioned to its capacity to adapt to these changes, in line with intensifying efforts at the European Union level to reach carbon neutrality through ambitious objectives and comprehensive Research, Development and Innovation funding (as an example, the Clean Sky programme, equally cofunded by the EU and the industry, contributes to a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions at each new aircraft generation).

TARMAQ will also be the demonstration site for the technological breakthroughs that will enable this industrial transformation (propulsion, hybridation, electricity, hydrogen, fiber optics, new materials, Li-Fi, data analysis, predictive maintenance, virtual and augmented reality…). These innovations have the potential to cross-fertilize with other industrial sectors, thus creating new job profiles and new skills needs.

By launching this ambitious project at this stage, the local authorities are demonstrating their support to an industry whose orientations will play a crucial role in our society’s future.

Anticipating the sector's recovery

Whatever shape it may take, the sector’s recovery must be anticipated and supported through prospective thinking, notably by imagining new training paths and skills, and by attracting new talents, making sure the industry does not lack operational workforce in the near future. A massive loss of competences is a dramatic risk the Aerospace sector is facing in the present crisis, similarly to the aftermath of the 2008 economic downturn. This is why TARMAQ will play a key role in maintaining the integration of current knowledge in the sector, and supporting the development of new skills to face the industry’s upcoming needs.

Furthermore, the dual character of the Aeronautics, Space and Defence industry, especially well-represented in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, is a major asset to see through the current decrease in air transport demand. TARMAQ will aim at fostering cross-fertilization between civil and military stakeholders and supporting the transformation of skills in both areas.

Showcasing the history of aviation and its future

Aviation’s history has been rooted in Nouvelle-Aquitaine since the times of the pioneers. This rich heritage shows the industry’s incredible capacity to innovate and renew itself when facing new challenges. By showcasing the highlights of aviation across the ages, TARMAQ will allow visitors to envision the past, present and future of this industry in its continuity.