This year’s event gave CNES the opportunity to sign a series of new partnership agreements. These included a cooperation agreement with Australian start-up FLEET in the presence of Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, covering post-launch monitoring of FLEET’s nanosatellites, which will consist in supplying orbital diagnostics to characterize the satellites’ orbits. CNES also signed a new partnership agreement with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra to fast-track Australia’s ability to deliver world-class space technology and innovation. The agency will be helping UNSW Canberra to replicate its concurrent design facility (or CIC, for Centre d’Ingénierie Concourante) and grow Australia’s space ambitions.
From a broader perspective, these two cooperation agreements stem from the policy geared toward strengthening France and Australia’s high-tech ties. A letter of intent paving the way for a framework agreement was signed by Trevor Power, Head of Sectoral Growth Policy Division at the Australian Federal Ministry for Industry, Innovation and Science, and Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). Space is a powerful driving force underpinning our security and our economies, and has a key role to play supporting climate actions. France and Australia are therefore both committed to take advantage of the space-related revolution taking place on a global scale.
At the closing session of the congress, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “The success of this 68th IAC further consolidates our Federation’s key role in the international space arena and that of CNES as a partner of choice in space, as illustrated by the partnerships signed here with Australia, a new player on the international space scene.”