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  1. Calipso satellite arrives in the United States

    Date de publication:

    1 Juin 2005

    The French-U.S. Calipso* satellite arrived 20 May 2005 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to begin final preparations for its scheduled midsummer launch. Calipso is set to join 4 other satellites in the A-Train environmental observatory dedicated to observing clouds, aerosols and the water cycle.

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  2. Jason-2 takes to the air

    Date de publication:

    7 Mai 2008

    Since 1992, altimetry satellites have significantly enhanced our knowledge of the world’s oceans. The Jason-2 satellite is all set to take over the ocean-observing mission of its predecessors Jason-1 and Topex/Poseidon. It recently arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in preparation for launch on 15 June.

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  3. Calipso climbs aboard the train

    Date de publication:

    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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  4. COROT sets sights on Milky Way

    Date de publication:

    14 Août 2006

    If you happen to take your holidays in a remote area away from city lights, summer is the ideal time to observe the Milky Way—that fog of stars that stretches across the night sky (and is in fact our own disk-shaped galaxy seen edge-on). This is where COROT, CNES’s exoplanet-hunting satellite, is looking at the moment.

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  5. New CNES website feature focuses on Space and Climate

    Date de publication:

    13 Octobre 2005

    What are the obstacles currently limiting our understanding of global warming? What can Earth observation satellites see that we don’t detect from the ground? Have space technologies given us new insights into the climate processes involved? To mark the launch of the Calipso climate research satellite to study Earth’s atmosphere, CNES is devoting a special multimedia feature to space and climate on its website—giving a new perspective on climate concerns from the high ground of space.

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  6. France and Japan strengthen cooperative ties

    Date de publication:

    29 Mars 2005

    As part of French President Jacques Chirac’s state visit to Japan, CNES President Yannick d’Escatha met his Japanese counterpart Keiji Tachikawa, President of the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA). Both announced their desire to work even more closely together in space.

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  7. GMES in Lille on 16 and 17 September

    Date de publication:

    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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  8. HELIOS II, a new generation of military satellites

    Date de publication:

    14 Octobre 2004

    CNES is gearing up for a very special kind of launch in December, when Ariane 5 will be lofting 6 satellites into orbit at once—a first for Europe’s launcher. Among the passengers will be the Helios IIA satellite, designed to give the Helios military surveillance system enhanced resolution and data access capability.

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  9. The Corot launch preparation campaign

    Date de publication:

    14 Février 2006

    The Corot launch preparation campaign is advancing on time and without a hitch, moving step by step toward its scheduled departure this autumn. This mission’s ambitious aim is to detect Earth-like planets outside our Solar System. We take a look behind the scenes at the work that has gone into readying this world-first satellite.

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  10. Calipso to launch end October

    Date de publication:

    20 Septembre 2005

    The Calipso satellite dedicated to studying the atmosphere will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at the end of October.

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  11. 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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  12. MRO blazes trail for future Mars missions

    Date de publication:

    15 Mars 2006

    Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) reached its destination 10 March, 7 months after launch, and is now in position to gradually descend into a low science orbit around the Red Planet. Its mission to pave the way for future rover and crewed missions will end late in 2010.

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  13. Project leader of the year is from CNES!

    Date de publication:

    5 Avril 2006

    Michel Bach, Parasol Project Leader at CNES, received on 4 April the Project Leader of the Year award in the Industrial Projects category at the 2006 Project Management forum held at the CNIT La Défense conference and exhibition centre, Paris.

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  14. HETE surveys a violent Universe

    Date de publication:

    11 Octobre 2004

    Astronomers all over the world are holding their breath after the High-Energy Transient Explorer (HETE-2) satellite detected a trio of star explosions in September. The 3 powerful blasts, lasting only a few seconds, were gamma-ray bursts that might be linked to the explosion of a supernova, which could start appearing in the weeks ahead. The astronomy community now has its telescopes trained on the 3 stars…

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  15. WISE volunteers reach halfway stage

    Date de publication:

    27 Avril 2005

    The 12 WISE volunteers are now more than 30 days into the campaign that got underway on 21 March. Confined to bed with their head tilted below their feet to simulate the conditions of spaceflight, they have got into a well-established daily routine.

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  16. Calipso ready to go

    Date de publication:

    19 Avril 2006

    Launch day is fast approaching for Calipso! Friday 21 April, the French-U.S. satellite will be orbited from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, ending a wait of several months after a series of postponements.

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  17. Balloons monitor the African monsoon

    Date de publication:

    7 Août 2006

    This summer, 3 stratospheric balloon campaigns are being conducted in West Africa to study the mechanisms of the African monsoon for the AMMA* international research programme. A press trip was organized to Benin and Niger for a dozen European and African journalists in July to highlight why we need to monitor the monsoon.

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  18. ATV takes its final dive

    Date de publication:

    30 Septembre 2008

    After 7 months in space, the Jules Verne ATV has completed its mission after a flawless destructive re-entry guided by the ATV Control Centre at CNES’s facility in Toulouse, France.

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  19. e-CORCE- a webcam for Earth

    Date de publication:

    22 Octobre 2008

    CNES has come up with an innovative satellite remote-sensing system capable of generating a high-resolution picture of Earth on the Web, refreshed every week. Four patents have already been filed for the concept, called e-CORCE.

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  20. 2009 will be the International Year of Astronomy

    Date de publication:

    6 Janvier 2009

    Declared the International Year of Astronomy by the United Nations and UNESCO, 2009 will give professional and amateur astronomers alike a chance to share their passion with youngsters and the broader public.

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