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  1. CNES-Eumetsat cooperation Agencies sign agreement to fly Argos instruments on MetOp-SG satellites

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    June 28, 2016

    Monday 27 June in Darmstadt, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Eumetsat Director General Alain Ratier signed a cooperation agreement to fly instruments for the Argos data collection and location system on Eumetsat’s MetOp-SG second-generation polar-orbiting satellites. The signing ceremony was also attended by Christophe Vassal, CEO of CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites), the CNES subsidiary that operates the Argos system and, like Eumetsat, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

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  2. ANGELS, France's first industrial nanosatellite, extends the scope of space IoT

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    October 13, 2020

    Five times more powerful and 10 times smaller than its predecessors, ANGELS has been designed to address the current challenges of New Space: miniaturization, scaled-up performance and very low consumption. This technological wonder is opening up its services to current users and offering IoT players premium access to this new connectivity. ANGELS gives a first taste of the opportunities provided by Kinéis, the first constellation of European nanosatellites dedicated to IoT. Carrying a state-of-the-art ARGOS instrument, ANGELS is the operationnal proof of the success of the French nanosatellite sector, supported by CNES and leading manufacturers such as Thales Alenia Space, HEMERIA and Syrlinks.

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  3. Argos – Tracking elephant seals to understand the Southern Ocean

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    April 14, 2009

    Using specially designed Argos transmitters, an international team of researchers has been tracking elephant seals in their feeding grounds, gathering unique information about the Southern Ocean in the process.

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  4. AltiKa- Call for proposals until 15 February

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    January 25, 2010

    On 15 December 2009, France and India issued a call for proposals from the international scientific community to exploit data from AltiKa, a high-resolution altimeter dedicated to measuring oceans, continental waters and ice.

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  5. France-United States space cooperation Speech at the Washington Space Business Roundtable Congressional briefing on the Argos programme

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    May 3, 2016

    CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall was invited to the Washington Space Business Roundtable on Friday 29 April to give a presentation on France’s space strategy. In the morning, he also took part in a briefing on the Argos data location and collection system before the U.S. Congress.

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  6. Solo across the Pacific, tracked by Argos

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    May 6, 2010

    On 10 May, Serge Jandaud — a cardiologist at the Pasteur clinic in Toulouse — will attempt to row single-handed across the Pacific from Lima (Peru) in the east to Brisbane (Australia) in the west. He hopes to complete his epic 15,000 km journey in 210 days and will carry two Argos transmitters, supplied by CNES.

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  8. Argos marks 25 years serving the environment

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    May 5, 2011

    Formed in 1986 by CNES and Ifremer1, the French institute of marine research and exploration, CLS turned 25 today. Its Argos transmitters and satellite systems are used by scientists and governments the world over to explore and continuously monitor the planet’s oceans.

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  9. Monitoring malaria in NigerAn effective field tool

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    December 27, 2006

    Following trials conducted for the Space Surveillance for Epidemics (S2E) Argos project, 44 Argos transmitters have been deployed at dispensaries throughout Niger. The objective is to collect medical data from patients attending remote field dispensaries. One year after the start of the project’s operational phase, it’s time for a status check.

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  10. CNES sets sail with the Vendée Globe

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    November 19, 2008

    CNES subsidiary CLS will be tracking the skippers in the Vendée Globe single-handed round-the-world yacht race by satellite and providing fleet positions. It will also be testing out a brand-new system for detecting icebergs and estimating their drift. And 4 race skippers will be releasing buoys fitted with Argos transmitters to collect data for schools.

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  11. CNES fetes 30th anniversary of its subsidiary CLS in Toulouse

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    April 8, 2016

    CNES’s subsidiary CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites), the satellite operator and world-leading supplier of satellite-based Earth-observation products and services, yesterday celebrated its 30th anniversary at its facility in Ramonville outside Toulouse. Having nurtured the company since its inception, the agency was also there to mark this event.

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  12. Enhanced performance for data collection and search and rescue

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    April 12, 2006

    One has made its name tracking ocean yachtsmen, while the other has helped to save nearly 19,000 lives since 1982. Developed and operated by a network of international partners, the Argos and Sarsat systems* have evolved continuously to meet new user requirements. Today, a new generation of instruments is being readied for launch.

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  13. Go-ahead for Argos-4

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    October 14, 2008

    CNES and its partners recently decided to upgrade the Argos global satellite-based location and data collection system, which currently serves some 18,000 transmitters operating around the world.

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  14. New Argos and Sarsat instruments in orbit

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    May 12, 2005

    The latest 2nd-generation Argos and Sarsat instruments joined their predecessors. Launched on May 20 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, the NOAA-N satellite, renamed NOAA-18, reached its polar geosynchronous orbit at an altitude of 870 km. The power-generating solar arrays as well as the Argos 2 and Sarsat 2 antennas were deployed 1 hour 30 after lift-off. CNES operations teams will switch on the instruments’ processing units, beginning with Sarsat 2 on May 23 in the evening. The in-orbit commissioning will be conducted through late June.

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  15. CLS- 20 years working for science and the environment

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    June 15, 2006

    Since 1986, CLS—a subsidiary of CNES and IFREMER—has been leveraging CNES’s expertise in processing transmitter signals received by satellites and working to safeguard the planet. Today, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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  16. Sea elephant oceanographers: a 10-year success story

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    May 7, 2013

    For the last 10 years, more than 200 elephant seals have been patrolling the southern seas wearing some strange headgear: an Argos transmitter instrumented with temperature, salinity and pressure sensors. The data these sensors acquire are fed in near-real time into the Mercator operational oceanography model and also tell us more about the animals' ecology.

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