« In 1960, space was a new frontier; today, I believe it is the last technological frontier to be reached and conquered. »
The Air and Space Force is scaling up operations in Toulouse. Its new Space Command (CDE) will be staffed by a cadre of 400 military personnel by 2025 and our specialists are already training the first teams. We have the expertise and synergies to accompany this shift, 26 years after Helios-1A.
Technological excellence today is the way to secure future tactical advantage. CNES’s programmes are paving the way for France’s future military satellites, innovating on all fronts with super-resolution optical instruments (OTOS) and the NESS electronic intelligence cubesat.
CNES and its partners are providing our armed forces with capabilities unmatched in Europe. Our CSO optical reconnaissance, CERES signals intelligence and Syracuse secure communications satellites will be lofted into orbit from French Guiana in 2021, underscoring our strong commitment to our military partners.