Thierry Mandon and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall today signed the multi-year agreement setting the agency’s objectives and performance targets for 2016-2020, which had previously been reviewed and approved for signature by the agency’s Board of Directors at its 344th session on 10 December. This agreement sets out the space policy roadmap for CNES and the resources it will get to implement it.
Under the agreement, CNES will be focusing its attention on innovation and the applications needed to meet the challenges posed by ongoing seismic shifts in the space arena. Working alongside industry and its national partners, the agency will help to strengthen the French space sector’s expertise and invent the future of the major sectors of excellence that create jobs and boost France’s export trade. It will also be taking advantage of the European and international reach of France’s space policy to pursue world-class programmes in which French industry and research are playing a pivotal role.
The agreement will be funded under a multi-year Medium Term Plan, also reviewed by CNES’s Board of Directors, which confirms the strategic priority given to innovation.
On this occasion, Thierry Mandon presented Joël Barre, CNES’s Associate Director General, with the insignia of Commander of the National Order of Merit. This prestigious award pays tribute to his long career serving the nation in space, at the French defence procurement agency from 1979 to 1997, Snecma from 2001 to 2007 and CNES, where he was previously Director of the Guiana Space Centre from 2007 to 2012 before taking up his current post at Head Office.
Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES President and Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, sign the multi-year agreement setting the agency’s objectives and performance targets for 2016-2020. Credits : CNES/S. Charrier.