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    1. 100th Ariane 5 flight to orbit Horizons 3e and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38

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      September 20, 2018

      Tuesday 25 September, Ariane 5 will be sent aloft from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, to orbit two telecommunications satellites: Horizons 3e, built by Boeing for Intelsat and its partner SKY Perfect JSAT, and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38, built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) for Azercosmos and Intelsat. The launch will mark Ariane 5’s 100th flight, its fourth in 2018 and the sixth of the year from the CSG.

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    3. Programme overview

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      November 20, 2020

      Versatile heavy-lift launchers for Europe.

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    4. 15 bougies pour l'ISS

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      November 29, 2010

      La Station spatiale internationale (ISS) fête aujourd’hui ses 15 ans !

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    5. Shorelines by satellite- A photo exhibition by CNES and the Conservatoire du littoral

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      October 4, 2018

      Seen through the eyes of satellites, the shores of France’s seaboard and lakes reveal an exceptional range of features, colours and biodiversity, as well as the footprint of humans.

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    6. Une semaine de phase de vol libre

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      November 29, 2010

      Après le lancement, l'ATV a commencé a tourner par dessus de nos têtes à 260 km d'altitude.

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    10. CNES-ONERA cooperation in full swing

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      February 22, 2016

      Building on their historic partnership in space research, CNES and ONERA, the French aeronautics, space and defence research laboratory, are joining forces to address new challenges in the field of launchers and satellites. The cooperation agreement signed in 2015 has moved collaboration between the two agencies up a gear, with 10 programmes of shared interest now underway, seven for launchers and three for orbital systems. This joint research effort is set to continue in 2016 and beyond, covering in-depth studies for reusable launch vehicles and new research into orbital systems, including exchanges of personnel to encourage cross-fertilization.

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    12. Premier succès pour le plus grand parachute de mission martienne

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      August 23, 2018

      Afin d’assurer l’atterrissage en douceur de la plateforme et du véhicule de la mission EXOMARS 2020, l’ESA a effectué un premier test du plus grand parachute qui sera déployé à cette date au cours d’une mission martienne.

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    13. CNES’s DECLIC instrument en route to the International Space Station

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      October 18, 2016

      First launched in 2009, the DECLIC scientific instrument was recovered and returned to Earth by NASA in 2014 after a five-year stay on the International Space Station (ISS) for maintenance by CNES, which designed and built the instrument. The result of a joint science effort with NASA, DECLIC is now on its way back to the station aboard the Cygnus resupply vehicle successfully sent aloft by an Antares launcher during the night of Monday 17 to Tuesday 18 October. Scheduled to dock with the station during the night of Saturday 22 October, Cygnus is also carrying scientific equipment for Thomas Pesquet’s Proxima mission.

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    14. [ARIANE 6] New P120C engine successfully tested

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      July 16, 2018

      The solid-rocket booster for the future Ariane 6 and Vega-C launchers was successfully tested Monday 16 July on CNES’s BEAP solid booster test stand at the Guiana Space Centre.

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    15. [Replay] Soyuz launch VS20 (CSO-1)

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      October 31, 2018

      Soyuz rocket orbited CSO-1 satellite from our French Guiana Space Center on December 19, 2018. Launch initialy scheduled on December 18, 2018 had been postponed by 24 hours due to unfavorable high-altitude wind conditions. Watch again the replay on that page.

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    17. Space cooperation between France and South Korea- CNES briefs KARI and KMA on Space Climate Observatory

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      July 2, 2018

      CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in South Korea on Monday 2 July to meet the key leaders of the country’s space sector, including Lim Cheol-Ho, President of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), and Nam Jae-Cheol, Head of the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA). The main purpose of his visit was for CNES to present the state of progress on the Space Climate Observatory (SCO). It followed the 2nd France-Korea Space Forum in Paris on Tuesday 3 April, organized by CNES and KARI and attended by numerous politicians, scientists, administrative officials and representatives from across the French and Korean space sector. It is part of preparations for South Korean President Moon Jae-In’s state visit to France in October.

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    18. 9 April 1968 – 9 April 2018- 50th anniversary of first launch from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s spaceport

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      April 9, 2018

      Monday 9 April in Kourou, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall led the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first launch from the Guiana Space Centre. It was on 9 April 1968 that the Véronique sounding rocket, France’s first launcher, soared skywards from Europe’s spaceport. The pioneers of this great adventure and several former directors of the space centre were present at today’s event.

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