Ten years ago to the day, on April 28, 2006, the French-American CALIPSO satellite was sent aloft from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, atop a Delta II launcher to take up its place in the A-Train constellation. With CALIPSO set to celebrate 10 years of science measurements this June, it is time to reflect on a mission that has yielded a wealth of data offering new insights into the workings of Earth’s climate system.
Recent scientific news from France, or related to France and the USA, about discoveries, research policy and organizations.
French-American CALIPSO Mission : 10 Years Analyzing Clouds and Aerosols French Satellite "Microscope" to Test Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity
On Monday, April 25, the Soyuz launcher completed its 14th successful flight from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, carrying the satellite Microscope for CNES.
Dedicated session on France during the Space Symposium
The CNES Office in the United States organized a panel on “Space in France” during the 32nd Space Symposium which took place in Colorado Springs in mid-April.
CNES President in Colorado Springs
CNES was at the 32nd Space Symposium held Monday 11 to Thursday 14 April in Colorado Springs, United States. Founded in 1984, the Space Symposium is a key event for the international space community and its principal institutional, military, scientific and commercial players. More than 11,000 attendees were at this year’s symposium.
10 Research Projects Selected for the 2016 France And Chicago Collaborating in the Sciences (FACCTS) Program
The France And Chicago Collaborating in the Sciences (FACCTS) program aims at encouraging closer relationships between researchers from the University of Chicago, the Argonne National Laboratory and the Fermilab on the one hand, and high-level research teams in France on the other hand. In 2016, for its eighth edition, FACCTS awarded 10 research teams. At the end of March, a lunch was organized with the Consul General of France in Chicago, the members of the Office for Science and Technology from the French Embassy and the FACCTS jury, to meet the laureates and discuss their projects.
CNES and JPL meet and Dr. Virendra Sarohia is awarded the Palmes Académiques
On monday 11 April 2016, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall met Charles Elachi, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), at its headquarters in Pasadena, California. This latest meeting provided the opportunity to review the status of ongoing and future joint endeavours, notably the Mars exploration, space oceanography and Earth-observation programmes.
Presentation of the Palmes Académiques to Dr. Roger Wiens
In recognition of his extraordinary career and his exceptional efforts in the domain of French-American scientific cooperation, Roger Wiens received on April 7, 2016 the insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, which was presented by the Consul general of France in Los Angeles, Christophe Lemoine.
30th anniversary of CNES’s subsidiary CLS in Toulouse
CNES’s subsidiary CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites), the satellite operator and world-leading supplier of satellite-based Earth-observation products and services, yesterday celebrated its 30th anniversary at its facility near Toulouse. Having nurtured the company since its inception, the agency was also there to mark this event.
New Delhi Declaration - Space agency heads reaffirm commitment to monitor greenhouse gases emissions
Attending the 10th edition of the Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium (APRSS) in New Delhi, the heads of some of the world’s space agencies came together on Sunday 3 April at a meeting organized by Dr A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall. The agency heads approved the principles of a Declaration underlining contributions by the space sector in support of the outcomes of the COP21 in Paris.
Transatlantic Friendship & Mobility Initiative: Second Bilateral Seminar Held in Paris
The second bilateral seminar on the Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative was organized on March 7-8 in Paris by the Cultural Services and Office for Science & Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research.