CNES Overview

A complete overview of CNES, including launch stats, launch vehicles and launch locations.

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Basic Info

Name

CNES logo

CNES

Type

Government

Country

France

Founded

1961

Administrator / CEO

Jean-Yves Le Gall

Launch Stats

First Launch

26 Nov 1965

Last Launch

27 Sep 1975

Successful Launches

12

Failed Launches

2

Upcoming Launches

0

Successful Landings

0

Failed Landings

0

The National Center of Space Research, or CNES, is a French National Agency in charge of France's space program. In partnership with the US and Russia, they have put 10 people in space. CNES works in tandem with the larger ESA to develop the Ariane 5 and work on other probes and satellites. They are working with Germany to develop a cheaper and more efficient reusable rocket, which hopefully will be ready to fly by 2026.

Launch Sites used by CNES

Guiana Space Centre

Guiana Space Centre launch site

European spaceport near the equator for satellite launches, managed by ESA and CNES.

📍 France
🚀 321 Launches

Upcoming Launches

Vandenberg SFB

Vandenberg SFB launch site

U.S. Space Force facility in California for spacecraft launches and missile testing.

📍 CA, United States
🚀 785 Launches

Upcoming Launches

Wallops Island

Wallops Island launch site

NASA rocket launch site for science and exploration missions, established in 1945 in Virginia.

📍 VA, United States
🚀 84 Launches

Upcoming Launches