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  1. ELA 4 launch complex takes shape at CSG

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    October 17, 2017

    The new launch pad for the future Ariane 6 is continuing to take shape in Kourou.

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  2. Spirit of Gagarin hovers over French Guiana as Soyuz launch pad breaks ground

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    February 27, 2007

    A symbolic and important milestone has been reached on the road to the arrival of the mythical Russian Soyuz launcher in French Guiana. Numerous VIPs and representatives from CNES, ESA, Arianespace and the Russian space agency Roskosmos were at a ceremony to break ground for the new launch pad.

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  3. [TRIBUNE] Mesurer le CO2, le rôle des ballons stratosphériques du CNES

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    August 20, 2021

    Suite à la publication de la 1e partie du 6e rapport du GIEC, Laurence Monnoyer-Smith, directrice du développement durable et de la performance, nous propose une analyse détaillée du rôle des ballons stratosphériques dans la mesure du CO2.

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  4. Why is there so little water left on Mars?

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    June 24, 2021

    Mars is known for its thin atmosphere, where CO2 dominates and provides most of the atmospheric mass and pressure. In fact, the pressure is similar to that in the Earth’s stratosphere, which is a layer of the atmosphere, at more than 30km above the surface.

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  5. Picard and PRISMA transferred to launch silo

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    June 8, 2010

    The Picard and PRISMA satellites, encapsulated inside the upper composite of the Dnepr launch vehicle on 4 June, were transferred to the launch silo this Tuesday in readiness for lift-off in one week’s time.

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  6. Venus Express to launch on November 9

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    November 7, 2005

    After a launch delay of several days, Venus Express is now all set to go. The European spacecraft dedicated to studying the atmosphere of Venus will launch atop a Soyuz-Fregat vehicle on 9 November from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. CNES is a partner on this mission.

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  7. First Vega C launch contract will carry satellite constellation

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    June 22, 2017

    On 20th June at the international Paris air show, Airbus Defence & Space and Arianespace announced the signing of a launch contract for next-generation very-high-resolution optical observation satellites.

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  8. Soyuz launch pad handed over to Arianespace

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    May 9, 2011

    The Soyuz launch pad at the Guiana Space Centre was officially handed over by ESA to Arianespace on 7 May 2011 during a special ceremony at Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana.

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  9. SpaceBlower: a rocket to combat space debris

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    October 8, 2020

    SpaceBlower is a light suborbital rocket designed to eject a cloud of particles into the path of large non-manoeuvrable space debris. Its goal is to avoid collisions likely to generate thousands more debris fragments and thus to keep satellites and their orbits safe. Space Blower is a preliminary project initiated and funded by CNES and its partner Bertin Technologies (now CT France). Christophe Bonnal, senior expert at CNES’s Launch Vehicles Directorate, outlines what this project is aiming to accomplish.

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  10. Launch no earlier than 2 January for Columbus laboratory

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    December 4, 2007

    The European Columbus laboratory will have to wait at least 1 more month before launching to the ISS. Sunday 9 December, a persistent malfunction of a sensor in the external fuel tank of the space shuttle Atlantis forced STS-122 mission managers to postpone the launch for a 4th time. Atlantis on its launch pad. Crédits : NASA

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  11. Second Pléiades satellite to launch 1 December

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    September 17, 2012

    1 December, a year after the launch of Pléiades-1A, Pléiades-1B will join its twin satellite in orbit at an altitude of 694 km. The Soyuz launcher is set to lift off from the Guiana Space Centre at 3:02 CET.

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  12. [Lanceurs] Ariane 6 : un nouveau système d’intégration pour la coiffe

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    June 25, 2021

    Parmi les nouveautés développées pour Ariane 6, l’ensemble des opérations d’intégration de la partie haute se feront sur une structure unique, le dock d’encapsulation.

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  13. 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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  14. Ariane 5 VA252 launch on February, 18th 2020

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    February 19, 2020

    Ariane 5 ECA orbited 2 telecommunications satellites, JCSAT-17 and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B, from the Guiana Space Centre.

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  15. Theia reveals annual mountain snow cover

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    March 19, 2021

    After developing single-date images of snow cover, the partners of the Theia land surfaces data centre are now generating the first satellite maps providing a synoptic picture of annual snow cover in the Alps and Pyrenees.

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  17. « Au revoir Toulouse! » Les Flight Directors de Houston, Moscou et Toulouse se congratulent après le désamarrage. Ecoutez-les!

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    October 27, 2013

    On a entendu du français dans les boucles-son opérationnelles de l’ISS ce samedi, juste après le désamarrage de l’ATV-5. Didier Collin et Laurent Francillout, directeurs de vol à l'ATV-CC pendant cette phase, envoyaient un message de remerciement à leurs homologues américains et russes, ainsi qu'à l’équipage et aux traducteurs. Un peu de tristesse se mélangeait avec la joie d’avoir pu participer au programme ATV. Voici un extrait (en anglais, russe, et quelques mots en français ! )

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  18. [Lanceurs] Le pas de tir d’Ariane 6 recevra bientôt ses bras cryo

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    April 2, 2021

    C’est une étape majeure de la finalisation de l’ELA-4 : les bras cryo, qui alimentent le lanceur en ergols jusqu’au décollage, ont passé avec succès les derniers essais combinés anticipés. En route pour la Guyane, ils seront bientôt montés sur le mât de la table de lancement.

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  19. CNES supports SpaceUp Paris

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    May 7, 2013

    From 24 to 26 May, the first SpaceUp Paris event is being organized by a community of bloggers with a passion for space. An innovative initiative that CNES is supporting by hosting a kick-off session on 24 May at the agency’s Launch Vehicles Directorate, focusing on Ariane 6.

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  20. Ariane 5 and beyond …

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    March 21, 2005

    Through the Oural programme, initiated by France, CNES and the Russian space agency Roskosmos will be working together on research and technology for the development of future launch vehicles planned to succeed Ariane 5 by 2020.

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