A guest at the DLR stand: the French space agency CNES

Der deutsch-französische Klimasatellit MERLIN
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    Franco-German climate satellite MERLIN

    As leading players in the European space sector, Germany and France collaborate closely in many fields: both want Europe to have autonomous and reliable access to space. In remote Earth sensing, they pool their competencies in MERLIN, a joint satellite mission to detect methane – a gas with a powerful greenhouse effect whose atmospheric concentration is not yet known on a global scale.

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CNES (Centre national d'études spatiales) is the national space agency of France. Its task is to propose space policy to the French government and implement it. Through its ability to innovate and its forward-looking vision, CNES is helping to foster new technologies that will benefit society as a whole, focusing on: access to space, civil applications of space, sustainable development, science and technology research, security and defence. CNES develops space systems for the future and guarantees France's autonomous access to space. At the same time, it is actively engaged in numerous international co-operations.

As leading players in the European space sector, Germany and France collaborate closely in many fields: both want Europe to have autonomous and reliable access to space. In remote Earth sensing, they pool their competencies in MERLIN, a joint satellite mission to detect methane – a gas with a powerful greenhouse effect whose atmospheric concentration is not yet known on a global scale. Moreover, Germany and France closely co-operate on monitoring the situation in space in order to mitigate natural and man-made risks for space infrastructures.

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17/08/2012 10:41:02