February 10, 2016

CNES at ‘Prospects for Space in 2016’ seminar

In the presence of Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, the yearly ‘Prospects for Space’ seminar organized by Euroconsult and GIFAS, the French aerospace industries association, brought together participants from the French and European space community. On this occasion, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall reviewed the status of France’s space programme and the outlook for the years ahead.

A must-attend event for the French and European space community, this year’s ‘Prospects for Space’ seminar brought together for its sixth edition more than 250 public and private decision-makers for a day of top-level discussion and debate.

Organized by Euroconsult, an independent consulting and analyst firm specializing in high-tech and with recognized expertise in space and satellite applications, in partnership with the French aerospace industries association GIFAS1, the seminar gave participants the opportunity to review the major events, key milestones and successes of the past year in space and to look ahead to the prospects facing the sector in 2016 and beyond.

On this occasion Jean-Yves Le Gall delivered a speech before the start of panel discussions, in which he recalled the great successes that France and Europe have accomplished in space and reviewed the sector’s status, underlining the changes currently being driven by several factors. He began by painting a picture of a shifting landscape that is seeing rapid growth in resources, expertise and ambitions from a number of emerging space powers like India and China. He then addressed the advent of New Space, which is fuelling far-reaching transformations in the space sector in the United States, where new players and activities are applying to space the techniques and models of Silicon Valley. CNES’s President also emphasized the importance of international cooperation, which is one of CNES’s strengths, and the fundamental role of innovation at the agency to keep developing its domains of excellence.

Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “More than ever before, the space sector is undergoing major shifts around the globe, chiefly in the United States and emerging nations. This is both a fantastic opportunity to engage new engines of growth and a clear threat to those who fail to catch the train of change that is now moving forward at full speed. That is why CNES is committed through its ‘Innovation & Inspiration’ objectives and performance plan to making this transition so that it can continue to build the future of space in France and Europe with its industry and institutional partners.”

1 Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales

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