May 28, 2018

France-Azerbaijan space cooperation : CNES and Azercosmos meet, Azerbaijan final of ActInSpace

Sunday 27 May; on the occasion of the visit to Azerbaijan of Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall met Rashad Nabiyev, President of Azercosmos, in Baku in the presence of France’s Ambassador Aurélia Bouchez to discuss space cooperation between the two nations.

The two agency heads also sat on the final judging panel for the third edition of the ActInSpace® competition coming for the first time to Azerbaijan from 25 to 26 May. The competition was organized by the UFAZ French-Azerbaijani University with support from Azercosmos, the French Embassy, Bakcell, Aikon Construction and the IT STEP Academy, reflecting Azerbaijan’s interest in space and the opportunities for working together at institutional level.

ActInSpace® in Azerbaijan attracted 105 competing students in 24 teams from the country’s top academic institutions: ADA University, Baku Higher Oil School, the National Civil Aviation Academy and the State University of Oil and Industry, of which UFAZ is a part. The team with the most promising project will go on to the international final on Wednesday 27 June at the Toulouse Space Show and will be representing Azerbaijan in the competition for the first time alongside teams from 40 other countries.

After the first event held in France in 2014 and the second extended to Europe in 2016, this year’s ActInSpace® is going global. Looking to consolidate the space sector’s dynamic image and show how space technologies are serving applications in all areas of our daily lives, ActInSpace® 2018 is present in nearly 40 countries and 70 cities on all five continents.

After his visit, Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “Being a part of ActInSpace® here with Azercosmos President Rashad Nabiyev was a great experience and we had very positive discussions. We agreed to establish cooperation at institutional level to consolidate the already close industrial ties between France and Azerbaijan in the space sector.”

Pascale Bresson    Press Officer    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39
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