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  1. Vega successfully orbits VENuS and OPTSAT-3000 satellites on its tenth flight CNES’s four centres key to “making our planet great again”

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    August 2, 2017

    Tuesday 1 August, Vega accomplished a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), orbiting the VENuU and OPTSAT-3000 satellites. The launch, conducted on behalf of CNES and the Israel Space Agency (ISA), and on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Defence, was the eighth this year from the CSG and marks the tenth flight of Vega, orbiting its seventh Earth-observing satellite.

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  2. Jean-Yves Le Gall: “In 2015, CNES will be making climate central to its space policy”

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    December 11, 2014

    Monday 5 January, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall delivered his New Year wishes to members of the French and international press in the Salle de l’Espace at Paris Les Halles. This traditional gathering provided the opportunity to review a year of historic successes for CNES and to present the agency’s strategy and challenges for 2015, a year in which the focus will be on climate in the lead-up to the COP 21 global climate summit in Paris in December.

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  3. SPOT 5 makes its final curtain call

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    December 15, 2015

    Friday 11 December 2015 at 19:29, the SPOT 5 satellite sent back its last packet of telemetry.

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  4. 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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  9. Climate- Calipso science data now available to scientists worldwide

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    December 1, 2006

    Unlike the mythological figure from which it takes its name, the French-U.S. Calipso mission dedicated to studying clouds and aerosols hasn’t waited 10 years to release its precious information. Less than 1 year after launch, science data gathered by the satellite are already available to the international scientific community.

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  10. Since 1995, DORIS contributes to the International Terrestrial Reference Frame

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    • Sciences et techniques

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    January 9, 2012

    Since 1995 DORIS contributes to the International Terrestrial Reference Frame Update: 01/09/2012

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  11. FLEX mission to be next ESA Earth Explorer

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    November 23, 2015

    ESA's Member States have selected FLEX as the eighth Earth Explorer mission, upon recommendation from the Earth Science Advisory Committee.

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  13. A new tool to monitor the carbon budget from space

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    August 17, 2018

    An international study carried out by the European satellite SMOS now makes it possible to monitor the carbon budget of vegetation with a first application to the African continent. From 2010 to 2016, Sub-Saharan Africa has suffered losses from human deforestation and drought. We here discuss this with Yann Kerr, co-author of this study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution on 9 April. He was director of CESBIO (Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère) from 2007 to 2016, is behind the SMOS project and is its principal investigator.

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  14. Succès du 10ème lancement de Vega. Mise en orbite réussie des satellites Venus et OPTSAT-3000 Les quatre centres du CNES à l’honneur « Make Our Planet Great Again! »

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    August 2, 2017

    Mardi 1er août, Vega, lancé au Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG), port spatial de l’Europe, a parfaitement réussi sa mission en mettant en orbite les satellites Venus et OPTSAT-3000. Ce lancement, effectué d’une part, pour le compte du CNES et de l’ISA (Israel Space Agency) et d’autre part, pour celui du Ministère de la défense italien, était le huitième lancement de 2017 au CSG et le 10ème lancement de Vega, qui réalise ainsi sa septième mission au profit de l’observation de la Terre.

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  15. Thomas Pesquet conducts Fluidics experiment. Experiment to improve Earth observation and climate prediction proves a total success

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    May 9, 2017

    Of the 21 experiments steered by CADMOS (the CNES centre for the development of microgravity applications and space operations) and conducted by Thomas Pesquet, Fluidics is especially significant in helping us understand how oceans work, and in particular the occurrence of ‘rogue waves’.

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  16. Second One Planet Summit in New York- Space Climate Observatory key to tackling climate change

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    September 27, 2018

    On the initiative of President Emmanuel Macron, the second One Planet Summit was held in New York on Wednesday 26 September. On this occasion, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall presented a status report on the Space Climate Observatory (SCO). Created in December last year at the first edition of this event where CNES brought together the world’s space agencies to step up their cooperation on tackling climate change, the SCO really moved into higher gear last June by highlighting the vital role that satellites have to play in this effort. In New York, an interactive terminal developed by CNES gave Summit participants an overview of a range of applications where satellites are making a crucial contribution.

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  17. Projects supported

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    June 3, 2021

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  18. Glacier melting: untangling local from global

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    May 12, 2021

    An international team led by the LEGOS space geophysics and oceanography research laboratory has measured the evolution of all the world’s glaciers over 20 years. On average, they are losing 267 billion tonnes in ice mass a year, a cumulative loss of 4% in just 20 years. The authors confirm this phenomenon is accelerating globally as temperatures rise and explains certain slowdowns observed locally.

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  19. France-Israel space cooperation Presentation of French-Israeli Venus satellite CNES and ISA leading efforts to curb climate change

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    May 26, 2017

    Thursday 25 May, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in Tel Aviv, where in the presence of Ofir Akunis, Israel’s Minister of Science and Technology, he met Avi Blasberger, Director General of the Israel Space Agency (ISA), and Yossi Weiss, President and CEO of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI). The meeting presented the French-Israeli VENµS satellite (Vegetation and Environment monitoring on a New Micro Satellite), a cutting-edge project developed jointly by CNES and ISA that is set to make a key contribution to environmental monitoring.

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  20. Parasol prepares to enter the dance

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    October 18, 2004

    Following Demeter in June, Parasol, the second-up in the Myriade microsatellite series, is preparing for launch. Parasol will study the impact of aerosols and how they interact with clouds to give scientists a better understanding of Earth’s climate system.

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