National d'Etudes Spatiales
is the French Space Agency. Its principal responsabilities are :
preparation of future space programmes,
development of scientific and application activities,
conception and management of large industrial projects,
development of know-how in the national industry,
participation, as French representative to European Space Agency, to
the conception, realisation and utilisation of the european programmes.
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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