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  1. Launch of French-Chinese CFOSat satellite- CNES and CNRS join forces to study climate change in the world’s oceans

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    October 22, 2018

    The French-Chinese CFOSat satellite will be launched on Monday 29 October atop a Chinese Long March 2C vehicle from the Jiuquan launch base in Inner Mongolia. This science mission to study ocean surface winds and waves is the first joint project pursued under French-Chinese space cooperation. Developed by CNES and the China National Space Administration (CNSA), the satellite will carry two radar instruments: SWIM (Surface Waves Investigation and Monitoring), developed by France, which will survey the length, height and direction of waves; and SCAT (wind SCATterometer), developed by China, which will measure the strength and direction of winds. The two instruments will enable measurements of winds and waves to be acquired simultaneously for the first time. CFOSat will thus characterize the dynamics of waves and how they interact with surface winds more comprehensively than ever before.

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  3. CFOSAT to gain new insights into sea state

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    April 13, 2011

    A joint project of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and CNES, CFOSAT is now entering its detailed definition phase. The future satellite’s chief goal will be to measure surface wind and the directional spectrum of waves.

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  4. DATA FROM FRENCH-CHINESE CFOSAT SATELLITE ON STREAM FOR SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY

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    February 19, 2020

    29 October 2018, China launched the French-Chinese CFOSat satellite from its launch base in the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia. This first joint science mission between the two nations to study ocean winds and waves therefore recently celebrated its first year in orbit. Its new observations are now available to the world’s scientific community to gain new insights into the ocean surface.

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  5. France-China space cooperation- Status check on CFOSat and SVOM projects Preparation of Climate strand of IAC 2016 in Guadalajara

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    July 5, 2016

    Monday 4 July in Beijing, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall met Xu Dazhe, Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), to discuss space cooperation between France and China and review progress on the flagship CFOSat and SVOM programmes the two agencies are pursuing together, and to prepare the Climate strand of the 2016 International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2016) taking place from 26-30 September in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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  6. Forecasting weather and understanding climate with CFOSat

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    October 29, 2018

    CFOSat (China-France Oceanography Satellite) was launched today, Monday 29 October, into low Earth orbit. This first joint mission with China is set to deliver data for weather forecasting and long-term climate research. Thierry Amiot, principal investigator for the satellite’s SWIM instrument at CNES, and Lotfi Aouf, a research scientist at the French national weather service Meteo-France, explain.

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  7. France-China space cooperation- CFOSat in orbit

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    October 29, 2018

    Monday 29 October, the China France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSat) was placed into orbit by a Chinese Long March 2C launch vehicle from the Jiuquan launch base in Inner Mongolia. CFOSat’s solar array deployed successfully 32 minutes later and the satellite started its science mission to study ocean surface winds and waves.

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  9. France-China space cooperation 11th meeting of French-Chinese Space Committee Signature of cooperation agreement on HY-2 ocean-observing missions

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    May 23, 2017

    Tuesday 23 May in Paris, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Wu Yanhua, Vice-Administrator of the China National Space Administration, chaired the 11th meeting of the French-Chinese Space Committee. On this occasion, they discussed space cooperation between the two nations, reviewed progress on their flagship joint programmes CFOSat and SVOM, and signed a cooperation agreement on the HY-2 ocean-observing missions.

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  10. France-China space cooperation CNES meets CNSA and CAS at the GLEX 2017 Conference in Beijing

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    June 7, 2017

    CNES was at the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017) co-organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 June in Beijing. On this occasion, the agency met the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

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  11. Coopération spatiale entre la France et la Chine: Point d’avancement des projets CFOSat et SVOM & Préparation du volet Climat de l’IAC 2016 à Guadalajara

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    July 5, 2016

    Jean-Yves Le Gall, Président du CNES, a rencontré le 4 juillet à Pékin, Xu Dazhe, Administrateur de la CNSA (China National Space Administration) afin de s’entretenir de la coopération spatiale entre les deux pays, de réaliser un point d’avancement sur ses programmes phares, CFOSat et SVOM et de préparer le volet Climat de l’IAC 2016 (International Astronautical Congress 2016) qui aura lieu du 26 au 30 septembre à Guadalajara (Mexique).

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  12. Mission

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    August 16, 2018

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  13. Instrument

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    August 18, 2016

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  14. Satellite

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    August 18, 2016

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  15. Milestones

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    October 22, 2018

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