October 25, 2013

Jean-Yves Le Gall: CNES in 2014 - “A chance for Europe”

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall delivered his New Year wishes to the press at head office in Paris on Monday 6 January. He took the opportunity to chart the agency’s course and the challenges that await it in the year ahead.
6 January 2014

Driving innovation for jobs and competitiveness

For Jean-Yves Le Gall, “CNES is today an undisputed standard-setter and a key driver of Europe’s space strategy. With its 2,450 dedicated and enthusiastic employees, it is spurring innovation for jobs and competitiveness. And with its federating Ambition 2020 programme, it has the capabilities to ensure that France remains a leader in European and global space endeavours.

CNES faces many other challenges in the year ahead.

Flagship projects include: in defence, Athena-Fidus, set to launch in January; in telecommunications, the electric-propulsion satellite, one of 34 projects selected under France’s NFI new industrial policy; in Earth observation, IASI-NG, a shining example of successful cooperation between CNES, ESA and Eumetsat; in sciences, Rosetta, scheduled to reach comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a 10-year journey in November and put the Philae lander on its surface; and for Ariane, the future Ariane 6.

CNES in 2014 ? Hangout with CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall