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  2. 9 April 1968 – 9 April 2018- 50th anniversary of first launch from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s spaceport

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    April 9, 2018

    Monday 9 April in Kourou, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall led the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first launch from the Guiana Space Centre. It was on 9 April 1968 that the Véronique sounding rocket, France’s first launcher, soared skywards from Europe’s spaceport. The pioneers of this great adventure and several former directors of the space centre were present at today’s event.

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  7. Didier Faivre takes over as new Director of the Guiana Space Centre

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    October 3, 2016

    Didier Faivre is the new Director of the Guiana Space (CSG), effective 1 October. He was previously Assistant Director to the CNES President and before that Director of Navigation Programmes at the European Space Agency (ESA).

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  8. Brigitte Behal, CNES Director of Procurement, Sales and Legal Affairs, made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour

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    September 21, 2016

    Tuesday 20 September, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall presented Brigitte Behal, the agency’s Director of Procurement, Sales and Legal Affairs, with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour at a ceremony in Toulouse.

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  9. CNES AND NUBBO LAUNCH TECHTHEMOON FIRST INCUBATOR DEDICATED TO LUNAR ECONOMY

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    June 8, 2021

    Thursday 6 May, CNES Chief Operating Officer Lionel Suchet and Guillaume Costecalde, President of Nubbo, a start-up incubator and accelerator based in Occitanie, Southwest France, signed a partnership agreement to launch TechTheMoon, the world’s first incubator dedicated exclusively to the lunar economy.

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  10. Assembly and launch facilities

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    January 28, 2020

    Soyuz is operated from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s spaceport. Like Ariane and Vega, launcher elements are shipped to Kourou in containers aboard the MN Toucan and MN Colibri. The only difference is their departure point, from Saint Petersburg in Russia. A Soyuz launch campaign lasts one to two months. Each phase is described below.

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  11. [CHRONIQUE SPATIALE]: Que sont-ils devenus?

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    August 30, 2021

    Bepi Colombo, Pléiades Neo, MEV-2... Que sont-ils devenus ? A travers cette nouvelle chronique, découvrez les dernières actualités des satellites lancés depuis le CSG à bord de vol Ariane, Vega ou Soyouz.

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  13. 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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  15. Geneviève Campan, CNES’s Information System Director, made Officer of the Legion of Honour

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    June 10, 2016

    At a ceremony at the Toulouse Space Centre today, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall presented Geneviève Campan, the agency’s Information System Director, with the insignia of Officer of the Legion of Honour.

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  16. Cathy Lacomme-Verbiguié from CNES’s Information Systems Directorate (DSI) receives CRiP’s Chief Technical Officer Prize

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    December 17, 2015

    Cathy Lacomme-Verbiguié, Assistant Deputy Director of Operations at CNES’s Information Systems Directorate (DSI), recently received the 2015 Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Prize from the CRiP IT infrastructure and production managers’ association at an awards ceremony in Paris.

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  17. Frédérique Vidal and Thomas Pesquet launch student competition with CNES for the astronaut’s next ISS flight

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    February 21, 2019

    Thursday 21 February, the French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Frédérique Vidal, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall were at Paul Sabatier University (UPS) in Toulouse to mark the launch of Generation ISS, a CNES competition for which students will conceive projects and experiments for the astronaut’s next mission on board the International Space Station (ISS).

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    February 4, 2020

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    February 4, 2020

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