June 16, 2015

CNES and Mexican space agency sign balloon cooperation agreement

Tuesday 16 June at the 51st International Paris Air Show, CNES and Mexican space agency AEM signed an agreement under which Mexican engineers will work at the Toulouse Space Centre within the long-duration balloon team at CNES’s Balloons Sub-directorate.

The agreement signed today by CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and AEM Director General Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez confirms the close cooperation between the two agencies and consolidates the framework space cooperation agreement signed in April 2014 in Mexico City. Founded in 2010, the Mexican space agency has great ambitions and is looking to make Mexico a major space player on the American continent.

At their last meeting in February, Mr Le Gall and Mr Mendieta discussed strategic climate issues ahead of the IAA Heads of Space Agencies summit on climate change this September in Mexico City and the COP 21 global climate summit in Paris in December. Under the engineering collaboration decided today, Mexican engineers will spend a year at the Toulouse Space Centre within the long-duration balloon team at CNES’s Balloons Sub-directorate. The engineers will help to create an infrastructure for long-duration balloon flights, working in particular to develop and qualify a satellite-based telemetry and telecommand system providing global coverage.

After the signature of the agreement, Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “I am pleased with the new impetus given today to French-Mexican space cooperation, and I thank Dr Mendieta for his personal commitment to making his country a major space player in South America. Given that we signed our framework cooperation agreement barely a year ago, we have already come a long way, which is a testament to how effectively we are working together.”

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