Monday 20 December, CNES issued a call inviting micro- and mini-launcher operators to signal their interest in launching from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), thus expressing its desire in close coordination with ESA to open up Europe’s spaceport to new operators. Candidates’ submissions must be received no later than 31 January 2022.
With the advent of New Space, interest is flourishing in Europe in the development of new micro- and mini-launcher systems. Some of these new launch systems’ operators have already expressed their interest in launching from the CSG in Kourou, French Guiana, to benefit from its particularly advantageous geographic location for certain launches and a more than 50-year track record.
To round out the launch services that Arianespace is set to offer through Ariane 6 and Vega, CNES has decided to issue this call for expressions of interest to canvass candidates and down-select a first group of micro-/mini-launcher operators to be accommodated at the CSG, once ESA’s approval has been obtained in line with normal procedures.
CNES has chosen the Diamant launch complex to accommodate tomorrow’s micro-/mini-launchers. The complex will provide shared facilities—access road, power systems, etc.—for several launchers, as well as specific facilities for each individual launcher—launch table, assembly building, etc.
Candidates will be judged on the technical, programmatic, financial, commercial and schedule maturity of their projects, as well as their social, economic and environmental impacts.
To respond to the call: https://entreprises.cnes.fr/fr/appel-candidature-micro-mini-lanceurs-csg
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