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  1. Tele-echography service to undergo full-scale trials

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    27 Janvier 2009

    The 1st robot designed to perform teleoperated ultrasound scans was rolled out in 2003 as a result of research work by Professor Philippe Arbeille at Tours Hospital, France, supported by ESA* and CNES. Today, the ARTIS** project funded by ESA is set to test a full-scale robotic tele-echography service.

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  2. MyOcean – Ocean weather bulletins made in Europe

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    28 Avril 2009

    Mercator Ocean and the Midi-Pyrenees regional council recently launched the 1st European ocean monitoring and forecasting system that will provide a free service to give European citizens everywhere sea-state information at all times.

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  3. ATV prepares for final moments

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    23 Septembre 2008

    Après 6 mois de bons et loyaux services, l’ATV Jules Verne va tirer sa révérence. La scène se déroulera le 29 septembre prochain au dessus du Pacifique sud.

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  4. 4 villages test drive the communications-enabled concept

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    17 Mai 2005

    4 French municipalities have been picked to test out CNES’s communications-enabled village concept. Using satellite technologies, among other things, this experiment will bring broadband communication services to these pilot villages “off the beaten track”, fulfilling CNES’s mission to make the applications of space technology available to all.

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  5. A ground station for Jason-2

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    26 Septembre 2006

    The Jason-2 altimetry satellite will take over from Jason-1 in 2008, extending the continuous series of ocean measurements acquired starting in 1992 with Topex/Poseidon. Ground stations for Jason-2 are already being deployed. One of them, at Usingen, Germany, entered service on 28 September.

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  6. PSMA put through its paces in French Guiana

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    8 Avril 2009

    26 March, Operation Araponga demonstrated the effectiveness of the PSMA emergency medical aid unit during a final test run near the Brazilian border. Emergency services in Cayenne are now looking to obtain a satellite link to support operations in the long term.

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  7. Les archives du GEIPAN, un an après

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    25 Avril 2008

    Au printemps 2007, le GEIPAN, service du CNES chargé d’étudier les phénomènes aérospatiaux non identifiés, entamait la publication sur Internet de ses 30 années d’archives. Un an après, l’initiative a-t-elle tenu toutes ses promesses ? Bilan d’étape.

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  8. Soyuz nearing French Guiana

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    16 Novembre 2004

    Soyuz 2-1a successfully lifted off 8 November on its maiden flight from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. This success is a major step forward for the Russian launcher before the entry into service of Soyuz 2-1b in 2006 and its arrival in Kourou in 2007.

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  9. Giove blazes the trail for Galileo

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    13 Décembre 2005

    Go, go Galileo! The Giove-A satellite has arrived in Baikonur ready for launch 28 December onboard Soyouz-Fregat. Giove-A is the 1st step in implementing Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system, which will ultimately comprise a constellation of 30 satellites set to enter full operational service in 2010.

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  10. High tech working to feed populations

    Date de publication:

    30 Mars 2006

    CNES and its subsidiaries CLS and Novacom Services are using satellite data to mitigate and track locust swarms in the Sahel. This initiative will be highlighted at the Tech For Food international forum at next year’s International Agricultural Show in Paris.

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  11. Calipso climbs aboard the train

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    1 Juin 2006

    One month after launch, Calipso has joined the A-Train constellation of 6 French-U.S. atmosphere-observing satellites. Calipso’s instruments are being checked out and brought into service. The satellite is set to be fully operational in the days ahead and is already beaming back its 1st images.

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  12. CSG subcontractors reduce reliance on space

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    8 Mars 2006

    As of end 2003, the Guiana Space Centre’s 64 suppliers, subcontractors and service providers employed close on 2,100 people. A survey conducted for CNES by INSEE*, France's national institute of statistics and economic studies, indicates that their total revenues fell only slightly, despite a downturn in space business in 2003. This good result is attributed to effective restructuring on the part of firms in the space sector.

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  13. GMES in Lille on 16 and 17 September

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    31 Août 2008

    The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, one of Europe’s flagship projects alongside Galileo, will be in the spotlight for two days in September at the Grand Palais, Lille.

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  14. Casolba, enhancing the quality of solar arrays

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    2 Août 2005

    On 7 July 2005, CNES successfully completed the Casolba mission, an important flight in the balloon campaign conducted in Teresina, Brazil. The mission served to calibrate satellite solar cells in near-operating conditions using a stratospheric balloon. Casolba flights are also used to support research into the characteristics of photovoltaic components beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

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  15. Syracuse is in orbit

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    10 Octobre 2005

    Ariane scores dual mission success : the launcher placed two payloads into geostationary transfer orbit of which the French Ministry of Defence’s Syracuse 3A military telecommunications satellite. This new satellite will support high-data-rate transmissions over very long distances from increasingly compact terminals. CNES is responsible for conducting the tricky satellite positioning phase on behalf of Alcatel Alenia Space.

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  16. CNES positions Chinese satellite

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    15 Avril 2005

    Teams at the Toulouse Space Centre have been tasked with positioning the Apstar VI telecommunications satellite, launched 12 April from the Xichang launch base in south-west China.

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  17. Topex/Poseidon takes its final curtain call

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    5 Janvier 2006

    The curtain has come down on the Topex/Poseidon satellite altimetry mission. After nearly 13 years in orbit studying ocean phenomena, the joint French-U.S. satellite has now handed over to its successor Jason-1. During its career, Topex/Poseidon acquired a huge volume of data and achieved a giant leap forward in satellite altimetry.

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  18. Winemakers turn to satellites

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    22 Octobre 2009

    A high-tech winemaker in the land of historic world-class vintages, Stephen Carrier at Chateau de Fieuzal in the Bordeaux region uses satellite maps to obtain precise information on vine vigour.

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  19. EGNOS control centre opens in Toulouse

    Date de publication:

    5 Avril 2005

    The EGNOS* PACF**, an important milestone in the development of Europe’s satellite navigation system, was opened at the Toulouse Space Centre on 24 March. This control centre, operated jointly by the French civil aviation authority DGAC and CNES, is a key component of EGNOS. The official opening ceremony was attended by Gilles de Robien, France’s Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Land Planning, Tourism and Maritime Affairs, accompanied by François d'Aubert, Minister for Research.

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  20. Satellite technology helps to combat locusts

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    25 Octobre 2005

    As plagues of locusts threaten to destroy crops in the Sahel region of Africa, CNES is proposing satellite technologies to track swarms.

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