M3Systems - Galileo Village

31410 Lavernose Lacasse, 
  • Booth: 2913

We guide you in critical and challenging GNSS applications.

From Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Concepts to Scalable and Open Products

“We guide you in critical and challenging applications


From 1999, M3 Systems has gathered a high expertise in Applications « high-performance » of Positioning and Satellite Navigation which points out its core business.


The company is reaching out to four main markets:

  • Consulting and Application - Airport and Transport: support the definition and modelling of operational innovative concepts in the context of European Single Sky Project (SESAR).
  • Engineering Radio Navigation and Signal Processing: studies and definition of innovative algorithms for robust and accurate positioning using the constellation of GPS satellites, Galileo, GLONASS, BEIDOU.
  • Testing & Measurement: these laboratory equipments test GNSS receivers at different stages of their life cycle: R & D, development, industrialization, integration, maintenance. The addressed market is essentially the aerospace/defense and automotive with in particular the emergence of autonomous car related needs.
  • Drones and embedded computers: this segment relates to the development of high elongation drones (distances > 100 km). M3 Systems (MISTRAL Group) constructs and values ​​BOREAL platform allowing integrating payloads which manage data collection and precise geo localization.



The mission of M3 Systems is to design innovative technological solution for its customers.

Its expertise in modularity, performance and reliability contributes to highly sustainable solutions.

Its target domains are mobility, positioning, data collection and processing, and surveying, covering the aerial, terrestrial and maritime sectors


Added Value

M3 Systems is certified ISO 9001 and is always in the will to improve its performances in processes, technologies, and specific knowledge.



Some of main customers of M3 Systems are the European Organization for the safety of air navigation, the Agency in charge of air control, communication and information for France, the French National Center for Space Studies, the European Space Agency, the French Ministry of Defense, but also private companies and big organization as airports and global actors.


Founder & CEO

Born in Belgium, Marc POLLINA was always fascinated by the APOLLO mission he saw on TV. Being only thirteen didn’t stop him from writing to the NASA to receive images of lunar landscapes, which he received!

At fifteen, he created his first rocket at a French military camp (Courtine). No more than a few kilos, this rocket planned to approach speed of sound 3 or 4,000 meters altitude. Measuring techniques were experimented along with mechanics and electronics necessary for the construction of rocket. Combined with his knowledge in mathematics, science and technology, building a rocket became a passion. He built four between 1973 and 1981. At the age of 17, he received at Bourget International Air show in 1975 the price of GIFAS (Aerospace Industries Group) from the hands of famous Russian cosmonaut Gueorgui GRETCHKO, enough to impress a child for the rest of his life.

So already in the ecosystem that still holds today, the names of Marcel CHASSAGNI (founder of MATRA) and Michel BIGNER (one of the CNES founder) circulated and seduced the child who also received concomitantly a National price on open competition of Geography

Quite naturally he performed his engineering studies in Brittany integrating a "Telecom Space" option in Toulouse.

He started his professional carrier at Thomson as a young engineer working on meteorological radars with Isaac REVAH director at CNRS (French National Center of Scientific Research). Then was recruited by the technical center of the European Space Agency (ESTEC-ESA) in 1985 for the Netherlands, where he worked on ERS1 payload during 6 years (1st European oceanographic satellite) incorporating a complex combination of Radar computers.

Then we were still at the beginning of the embedded software in European satellites, and that was the period when the CNES developed SPOT program using a 3 axes stabilized platform with optical payload.

In 1991, Marc POLLINA chose the opportunity to create an activity in Toulouse for a small Parisian Engineering company. Then, in 1994, he won a tender for the project ENVISAT (successor ERS1) where he achieved his ambition to create an integrated device (ASIC) to standardize the on-board computers functions. The device was one of the first designs using VHDL for space and has been used by ENVISAT, XXM - INTEGRAL – METOP satellites.


M3 Systems History

In 1999, Marc POLLINA created its own structure, M3Systems, and was working early in the context of GALILEO program (Global Positioning System) Radio navigation on engineering and signal processing on request of ESA and CNES.

At the same time Eurocontrol (Brussels) requested to explore new concept on air traffic management (ATM) and to define new principles for increasing the safety and efficiency of aircraft movements in airports. On this occasion, he created e-TRACKAIR a vehicle geo-localization system dedicated to airport vehicle and making use on EGNOS to improve positioning integrity.

In 2002, M3 Systems started to support CNES (French Spatial Studies Agency) to conduct R&D studies in the context of GALILEO program. At that time, the two principal activities of M3 Systems were ATM Consulting and Satellite Radio Navigation.

Since then Marc POLLINA created the MISTRAL Group, and added a logical next drone activity with BOREAL, a long range UAV to carry a wide range of scientific and earth observation payloads.

With three companies, M3 Systems Belgium, M3 Systems France, and Boreal-AJS, MISTRAL group supports the employees, the development and the organization. It gathers 40 employees in France and Belgium. The principal site is at Lavernose-Lacasse, near Toulouse, in the South West of France.