Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES)
Established in 1961, CNES is the public institution responsible for proposing to the Government the French space policy and its implementation in Europe. It develops and sends satellites in orbit and invents tomorrow space systems; il promotes the emergence of new services, useful in everyday life.
CNES is at the origin of major space projects, launchers and satellites, that it makes carried out by the industry. It also encompasses scientific partners and is involved in many international cooperation.
France, represented by CNES is the main contributor to the European Space Agency (ESA), mandated by its 20 members to conduct the space policy of Europe.