You find on these pages a description of the center and information about the projects we provide services for. There is a list of the staff members of the centre, news and a description of the partners who enable us to provide services to the community.

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The François Arago Centre is a platform at the Astroparticule et Cosmologie (APC) laboratory. The centre was founded in 2010 with the goal to support space-based experiments facing the challenge of data treatment of steadily increasing and complex data sets. The centre provides services, such as computing facilities, data analysis, archiving, and distribution support, access to the heavy-duty computing facilities at CC-IN2P3, and support to both, ground and spacebased projects with strong french involvement.

In the spirit of François Arago, who combined many fields of natural science in his work, enabled science by focusing attention on new technologies and supporting scientific development through communication between many disciplines, we want to serve the scientific community. The aim is to bring together scientists from different fields, data and software engineers, the scientific community and the general public in order to best exploit the data provided by todays state-of-the-art experiments.



The FACe has three goals:

  • Multi-Messenger Observatory (MMO).
  • R&D on collaborative technologies.
  • Training.

The document of the FACe’s roadmap can be find on Atrium.



  • IN2P3: the FACe has the IN2P3 research platform label.
  • Université de Paris: the FACe is referenced as an UP plateform. It was also taking part in the previous “Campus spatial” of UPD7, and now it is involved in the “Pôle spatial” of UP.
  • IPGP: there is a strong partnership in the context of the LabEx UnivEarthS and the DANTE plateform.
  • CNES: the French spatial agency.
  • GRIF (Grille Ile-de-France): grid computing infrastructure.
  • FG-cloud (France Grilles): cloud computing infrastructure for the FG community.
  • CDCI: within the CDCI we provide the common development of the MMO platform.