September 6, 2013

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall meets Bo Andersen, Director General of the Norwegian Space Centre

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in Oslo, Norway, on Friday 6 September, where he met Bo Andersen, Director General of the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) and leader of the Norwegian delegation to the European Space Agency (ESA).

The meeting was an opportunity to review the various collaborative initiatives in place between Norway and France in space. Following a framework agreement signed in 2007 between CNES and NSC, the two countries have been cooperating in telecommunications and navigation.

In the last few months, CNES and NSC have been discussing Norway's potential involvement in the IASI-NG programme (very high-precision operational meteorology sounder). Talks are expected to culminate soon in a new specific cooperation agreement between the two countries.

The meeting with Bo Andersen was also a chance to exchange views on the next ESA ministerial conference, which takes place in Luxembourg in 2014. Topics included the key issue of launch vehicles, Ariane 6 in particular, as well as the International Space Station and relations between ESA and the European Union.

After the meeting, Jean-Yves Le Gall said: "Relations between France and Norway are excellent, both within the framework of ESA programmes and in terms of bilateral cooperation. I am very satisfied with our meeting today to discuss our continuing cooperation ahead of the next ESA ministerial conference."

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