Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales

CNES is the French Space Agency. Its principal responsabilities are :

  • the preparation of future space programmes,
  • the development of scientific and application activities,
  • the conception and management of large industrial projects,
  • the development of know-how in the national industry,
  • the participation, as French representative to European Space Agency, to the conception, realisation and utilisation of the european programmes.

CNES centres are located in Paris (Headquarters), Evry (Development of the Ariane launcher), Toulouse (R&D, development of large industrial projects, operations) and French Guyana (launch site).

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