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  1. Toulouse Space Centre hosts CNES Board of Directors meeting

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    June 30, 2017

    For its 350th session, CNES’s Board of Directors met at the agency’s Toulouse Space Centre (CST) to see the most recent advances in France’s space programme. Among the items on the agenda, special attention was given to disruptive technologies and development of new applications.

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  3. Projects launched

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    June 3, 2021

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  4. [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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  5. 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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  6. Ségolène Royal, Minister for the Environment, Energy and Maritime Affairs, in charge of international climate relations, announces launch of MicroCarb mission at the Toulouse Space Centre

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    March 10, 2017

    Friday 10 March, Ségolène Royal, Minister for the Environment, Energy and Maritime Affairs, in charge of international climate relations, and Louis Schweizer, the Commissioner General for Investment, visited the Toulouse Space Centre where they were received by CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Geneviève Campan, Director of Digital Technologies and Operations and the centre’s Site Director.

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  7. 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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  8. France-United States space cooperation CNES and NASA celebrate 25th anniversary of launch of TOPEX/Poseidon satellite altimetry mission by Ariane

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    August 11, 2017

    Thursday 10 August, CNES was with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena to mark the 25th anniversary of the launch by Ariane of the TOPEX/Poseidon ocean altimetry satellite. On this occasion, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall met JPL Director Michael Watkins to reflect on the successes achieved in 25 years and to pave the way for closer space cooperation between France and the United States.

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. France’s CNES space agency, Health Directorate and Armed Forces Department of Health sign framework cooperation agreement

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    October 14, 2016

    Friday 14 October, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall, Benoît Vallet, Head of the French health directorate (DGS), and Jean-Marc Debonne, Head of the armed forces department of health (SSA), signed a framework cooperation agreement at CNES’s Head Office. The agreement is part of the e-Health 2020 roadmap announced by France’s social affairs and health minister on 4 July 2016. It seeks to exploit the three organizations’ expertise to ensure effective healthcare provision.

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  13. 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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  15. CNES and NEXEYA’S ANGELS nanosatellite on course for launch next year

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    December 13, 2018

    CNES and NEXEYA, who are co-funding and developing ANGELS (Argos Neo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite), the first series-produced French nanosatellite, have reached a new milestone with the Detailed Design Review (DDR) of the satellite and anechoic chamber testing of its engineering model. The design is now frozen and flight models of systems are in production for the start of satellite integration and testing in May 2019.

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  18. France-Israel space cooperation. Upcoming launch of the French-Israeli Venus satellite CNES and ISA leading the way on climate action electric propulsion.

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    July 20, 2017

    The French-Israeli VENµS satellite (Vegetation and Environment monitoring on a New MicroSatellite) set to be orbited on 1 August by a Vega launcher from the Guiana Space Centre features four key innovations, with a very compact spacecraft bus, a high-performance instrument, new image-acquisition tasking capability and a technology mission focused on electric propulsion.

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