Founded in 1961, the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France's space policy in Europe.

Its task is to invent the space systems of the future, bring space technologies to maturity and guarantee France's independent access to space.

CNES is a pivotal player in Europe's space programme, and a major source of initiatives and proposals that aim to maintain France and Europe's competitive edge.

It conceives and executes space programmes with its partners in the scientific community and industry, and is closely involved in many international cooperation programmes--the key to any far-reaching space policy.

The agency's more-than 2,400-strong workforce constitutes an exceptional pool of talent, with some 1,800 engineers and executives, 35% of whom are women.

Through its ability to innovate and its forward-looking vision, CNES is helping to foster new technologies that will benefit society as a whole, focusing on:
access to space
civil applications of space
sustainable development
science and technology research
security and defence

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Airbus Defence and Space has just signed a feasibility study contract with CNES, the French space agency, for future French space-based civil and military Earth observation systems. This contract was announced by CoSpace, the joint government-industry committee on space, which met today in Paris,...


A meeting of CNES and ONERA, the French aeronautics, space and defence research laboratory, took place Wednesday 8 October at CNES’s head office, attended by CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and ONERA Chairman & CEO Bruno Sainjon. The main purpose of this meeting was to review joint projects resu...

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