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  1. 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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  2. A CNES-Esa agreement on launcher Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center

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    22 Juillet 2005

    Soyuz is getting closer to French Guiana! While the alteration work is going on at the Guiana Space Center, French space agency CNES and Esa signed an agreement on the setting up programme. This gives a schedule for the Russian launcher’s installation at Europe’s spaceport. The adjustment for Soyuz begins in Guiana: launching expected in 2008!

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  3. Spirit of Gagarin hovers over French Guiana as Soyuz launch pad breaks ground

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    27 Février 2007

    A symbolic and important milestone has been reached on the road to the arrival of the mythical Russian Soyuz launcher in French Guiana. Numerous VIPs and representatives from CNES, ESA, Arianespace and the Russian space agency Roskosmos were at a ceremony to break ground for the new launch pad.

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  4. IASI signals a change in weather forecasting

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    12 Avril 2006

    This July, a Soyuz launcher will orbit the 1st of 3 European MetOp1 weather satellites. MetOp-A will be carrying the IASI2 instrument developed by CNES in partnership with Eumetsat3 to bring meteorologists new atmospheric measurements of unmatched quality. The satellite is now preparing to leave EADS Astrium’s facility in Toulouse, France, for its launch site.

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  5. 40 years of French-Russian space cooperation

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    22 Juin 2006

    30 June 1966, France and the Soviet Union signed a cooperation agreement on the peaceful exploration of space. 40 years later, that bold political initiative has blossomed into a series of increasingly ambitious projects.

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  6. COROT enters home straight

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    1 Décembre 2006

    CNES’s trailblazing COROT satellite is all set to embark on its quest for new worlds, with launch scheduled 27 December, 15:23 Paris time.

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  7. COROT fuels up

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    1 Décembre 2006

    The COROT satellite has completed an important step in its 5-week launch campaign after fuelling up for its 3-year mission. Launch is still scheduled for 21 December from Baikonur.

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  8. Space, Defence and European Security

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    28 Septembre 2006

    19-22 September, the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) hosted a symposium on space, defence and European security in Kourou with CNES, ESA, European firms, the WEU Assembly and the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC).

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  9. 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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  10. Closing in on extrasolar planets

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    28 Novembre 2005

    Preparations on the Corot satellite are entering the home straight, with a last series of tests designed to evaluate its performance and ability to withstand the mission environment, and final assembly operations. Intended to detect Earth-like planets outside our Solar System, Corot is scheduled to launch in autumn 2006.

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  11. Esa Council meeting

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    9 Décembre 2005

    At the Esa Council meeting in Berlin on 5 and 6 December, ministers in charge of space from member states charted the future roadmap for Europe’s space programme. Discussions focused in particular on Mars exploration, ISS exploitation and European launchers, where major advances were made.

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  12. 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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  13. CNES at the 48th Paris Air Show

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    17 Juin 2009

    This year’s international air show takes place from 15-21 June at Le Bourget airport. Amidst the 2,000 exhibitors and 140 aircraft on display, CNES’s pavilion presents a resolutely forward-looking vision.

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  14. CRISP 2 flies crickets to the ISS

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    3 Mai 2005

    It was strange music to the ears of Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori on his taxi flight to the International Space Station, accompanied by 14 female house crickets for the CRISP 2 biology experiment proposed by Ulm University and managed for ESA by CNES and CADMOS. This is the story of an experiment using these surprising insects to help us better understand the effects of gravity on neuron proliferation.

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