June 17, 2015

CNES and Alain Ducasse Education renew partnership to deliver meals to ISS astronauts

Wednesday 17 June in the CNES pavilion at the 51st International Paris Air Show, Alain Ducasse, President of Alain Ducasse Education, and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall signed a new four-year agreement to provide high-quality French meals for astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).

Every space agency in the world involved in human spaceflight missions faces the same challenge: to provide astronauts with meals that are palatable, nutritionally balanced and adapted to the constraints of space—a challenge that CNES and the Training and Consulting branch of Alain Ducasse Education decided to take on together.

Attention to nutritional requirements is vital to the health of astronauts on a space station. CNES has been driving initiatives to develop and produce meals for astronauts since 1994, via CADMOS, the centre for the development of microgravity applications and space operations that is responsible for European physiology experiments on the ISS.

Since 2004, the Training and Consulting branch of Alain Ducasse Education has been working hand-in-hand with the French and European space agencies on the Special Event Meals (SEM) programme, bringing its experience and know-how in terms of flavours and cooking techniques.

The meals are reserved as a treat for astronauts on special occasions. They are also part of the scientific nutrition protocols used for studies into the nutritional and long-term psychological effects of very-long-duration planetary exploration missions.

These are now the only non-U.S./Russian meals permanently available to the American, European, Japanese and Russian astronauts on the ISS.

Pascale Bresson    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Alain Delrieu    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 74 04    alain.delrieu@cnes.fr
Julien Watelet    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 78 37    julien.watelet@cnes.fr