For the last 60 years, CNES has played a pivotal role in the French, European and international space arena. In that time, observation of the Earth and its climate, and exploration of the solar system have both become priorities for international cooperation.

CNES’s mission is to foster new initiatives, nurture innovation and provide its technical expertise in the design, development and operation of orbital systems. It is also working to encourage wider uptake of space applications.

With its four centres of excellence in Paris, Toulouse and French Guiana, and its offices around the globe, CNES is shaping France’s space policy through its multiple partnerships and helping to further French science and promote its industry.