France Outlines Plans for Space Cooperation with China

BEIJING (CNES PR) — In the presence of Bernard Larrouturou, General Director of Research and Innovation, Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES, spoke on Monday, December 10, 2018 in Beijing, as part of the preparation of the joint scientific and technological committee Franco -Chinese and presented the space cooperation between France and China.

On this day, he also had the opportunity to speak with Wang Zhigang, Minister of Science and Technology, Zhang Kejian, CNSA Administrator, and Wang Zhenyu, head of the CNSA’s Office of International Cooperation. Chinese Academy of Sciences.

In 2017, the 11th Franco-Chinese Joint Space Committee had identified the study of climate change and exploration as the two priorities of space cooperation, which led to the signing of an agreement during the visit. China of the President of the Republic, last January.

During today’s meeting, Jean-Yves Le Gall made an initial assessment of the space oceanography mission CFOSat, launched on October 29, which aims to improve knowledge of the characteristics of winds and clouds. waves on the surface of the oceans and measure their impacts on climate change.

The first data from CFOSat are quite remarkable and will be used in a few months by the world weather agencies and the scientific community for more accurate forecasts.

Beyond that, to continue this exceptional cooperation between France and China, the CNES President detailed a nine-point action plan:

  • continue the large joint mission of astrophysics SVOM,
  • identify a new Earth Observation Mission focused on climate monitoring,
  • set up a framework for exchanging data on greenhouse gases,
  • seek cooperation on a Chinese mission of planetary exploration,
  • continue cooperation in oceanography,
  • continue the ongoing cooperation in space medicine,
  • study future cooperation in astrophysics,
  • to study the possibility of cooperating in the sciences of the subject,
  • develop space collaborations with the academic sector.

Following his speech, Jean-Yves Le Gall declared: “France and China are developing exceptional space cooperation, illustrated by the success of the CFOSat oceanographic satellite. In the short term, our next step is the astrophysical mission SVOM, whose development is in line with our plans.

“Beyond this, today’s meeting has allowed us to identify several areas of common interest, which will be taken up again during the Science Foresight Seminar we are organizing in October 2019. Thanks to CNES and CNSA, France and China are now linked in space with a remarkable partnership, expected to grow in the years to come,” he added.