April 19, 2018

International space cooperation - CNES at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs

CNES is at the 34th Space Symposium, being held from Monday 16 to Thursday 19 April in Colorado Springs, United States. The Space Symposium is a must-attend event for the international space community that has brought together institutional, military, scientific and commercial space leaders from around the world to discuss the latest technology developments and to address and plan for the future of space since the inaugural gathering in 1984. It is with the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) one of the space sector’s two leading annual events. More than 11,000 attendees and more than 100 speakers are present at the 2018 edition, where CNES’s Director of Planning, International Relations and Quality, Jean-Pascal Le Franc, spoke at two sessions.

At the event entitled “To Advance Human and Robotic Exploration Beyond Low Earth Orbit”, organized by NASA, Jean-Pascal Le Franc stressed that space exploration could only be envisaged as an international endeavour and that it must seek to optimize technological, industrial and scientific return for all parties concerned. He also underlined that France attaches great importance to robotic solar system exploration missions such as the JUICE mission to explore Jupiter and its icy moons, and that it is pursuing its goal of contributing to future international programmes to return samples from Mars and send crewed missions back to the Moon, through the development of enabling technologies designed to serve different types of missions.

At the panel session on “How New Business Models Disrupt Space Business”, speaking alongside ESA Director General Wörner, DLR Chair Pascale Ehrenfreund, ASI President Roberto Battiston and CSA President Sylvain Laporte, Jean-Pascal Le Franc highlighted the efforts being pursued by the new Directorate of Innovation, Applications and Science (DIA) formed at CNES two years ago to keep pace in a fiercely competitive global environment. DIA’s mission is to open CNES to the outside world, nurture technological exchange and stay attuned to users’ needs. The agency is thus spurring technology spin-off as a source of disruptive innovation and driving economic development through space solutions for mobility, healthcare and smart cities. He concluded his address by emphasizing that innovation must drive everything CNES does to remain a key European and international player in space.

Pascale Bresson    Press Officer     Tel: +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39     pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Raphaël Sart    Press Officer     Tel: +33 (0)1 44 76 74 51     raphael.sart@cnes.fr