March 29, 2005

France and Japan strengthen cooperative ties

As part of French President Jacques Chirac’s state visit to Japan, CNES President Yannick d’Escatha met his Japanese counterpart Keiji Tachikawa, President of the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA). Both announced their desire to work even more closely together in space.
29 March 2005

After the successful launches of Ariane 5 from Kourou on 12 February and H II-A-F7 from Tanegashima on 26 February, CNES and JAXA have confirmed their intention to forge closer cooperative ties in pursuit of plans outlined at the 4th France-Japan space symposium in Kyoto, in July 2003.

The 5th such symposium, scheduled this summer in Paris, will provide opportunities to foster joint projects in priority areas such as access to space, notably new-generation launchers, Earth observation—within the GEOSS * programme agreed at the 3rd Earth observation summit in February in Brussels—space components and International Space Station utilization.
A new topic on the agenda at the symposium will be long-term vision (including space exploration).

To stay ahead in the competitive global arena, our two nations are seeking to strengthen cooperation by mobilizing efforts through close partnership, with the shared ambition of advancing knowledge and new space technologies for the benefit of the planet and humankind.

* Global Earth Observation System of Systems

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