Ariane 5 Rocket
28 October 2016

France's space policy

France is home to such prestigious space projects as Ariane 6, Copernicus and Galileo and, for our country to remain at the forefront of this sector, the Minister of State for Higher Education and Research has just set out the aims of our space policy.
Content published under the Government Valls III from 2016 11th February to 2016 06th December
As a key stakeholder for a Europe in Space, France is one of the world's space superpowers, alongside the US and Russia, be it in the realm of launchers with Ariane 5, satellites with almost 50% of the communications satellite market in 2014, or Earth observation, with the launch, announced during COP21, of the first satellite for mapping global carbon dioxide levels, "Microcarb".
If France is to remain a leading light, the Government believes that our space policy must work towards the following goals:
  1. An industrial policy which guarantees independent access to space with Ariane 6 and enables France to maintain its technological lead in the satellite field, especially for telecommunications and space observation – amid heightened international competition. To that end, French stakeholders across the board are rallying round the Government, the National Space Agency (CNES) and Airbus Safran Launchers and Arianespace manufacturers, to ensure the success of the Ariane 6 programme, with the maiden flight taking place as scheduled, in 2020.
  1. An industry for citizens, particularly with Earth observation forming part of the European Copernicus programme or with the satellite navigation system Galileo.
  1. Development of the range of digital services available regarding space data, as recommended in Geneviève Fioraso's report entitled "Open Space".
  1. Continuity of French scientific excellence, following on from the success of Philae or the mission of French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

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