French President Honors Roscosmos’ Perminov for Soyuz Guiana Contributions

Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov (right) with ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain. (Credit: Roscosmos)


In accordance with the Resolution of the French President, Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov is awarded with Honored Legion Order of the Republic of France for his outstanding contribution into the Soyuz and Guiana Space Center project.

The European Space Agency (ESA) set up the program “Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center (CSG)” to bolster collaboration with Russia on launch vehicles. The program is organized as follows:

  • ESA is contracting authority and program manager and provides the Soyuz Launch Complex facilities to Arianespace.
  • Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) bears overall responsibility for the program on the Russian side, and coordinates the activities of the Russian industry involved in the program.
  • French space agency CNES is project prime contractor and system architect for the Soyuz launch system at CSG.
  • Arianespace is responsible for the supply of Russian systems to CSG, coordination and support of the Russian activities for the development phase. Arianespace will be the Soyuz-ST launch operator at CSG for the operational phase.

French President Sarkozy Launches €250 Million Ariane 6 Program

Ariane 5

“A Memorandum of Understanding allocating €82.5 million to carrying out preparatory work linked to the post-Ariane-5 next-generation launcher has been signed. This is the first tranche of a €250 million programme financed by the “big loan”. CNES [Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales – French Space Agency] is the contracting authority for this work, which will be entrusted to space industry manufacturers. Thanks to this investment and work, France will contribute effectively to preparation of the future European launchers and support the excellence of the French players in this sector. This programme highlights the support for the strategic industrial sectors provided by the “big loan” which is preparing the future of French industry.”

Read French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s full communiqué concerning the future of his country’s space industry after the break.


Carla Bruni, Spouse Visit Bangalore; Agreements Announced With EADS Astrium, Arianespace

Some news on Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to India, which included a stop at ISRO and the announcement a pair of commercial agreements:

Much like British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy chose to start his visit to India from Bangalore.

After landing at the HAL Airport, Sarkozy along with his wife Carla Bruni, ministers and business delegates, headed to the ISRO Satellite Centre where he was briefed on the Megha- Tropiques satellite, which is being co-developed by India and France.


French President Becomes Latest Foreign Leader to Seek Deeper Space Ties With India

Sarkozy to address ISRO scientists

Indian space agency ISRO is gearing up to host French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni at its headquarters here Saturday and will interact with top scientists.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials, Sarkozy will be at ISRO office between 12.30 p.m. and 1.40 p.m. Saturday.

He will be arriving in India Dec 4 on a four-day visit, during which India and France are likely to further increase cooperation in civil nuclear energy.

India and France are jointly developing two satellites that are expected to be launched sometime next year. One of them is Megha Tropiques mission to study the water cycle in the tropical atmosphere and the other is SARAL (Satellites for Argos and Altika) to monitor the sea water level.

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Sarkozy Reaches for the Heavens Even as His Star Plummets to Earth

Despite approval ratings that are rapidly sinking into George W. Bush territory, French leader Nicolas Sarkozy has shown no sign of letting his own people’s lack of confidence in his leadership stop him from pursuing lofty visions.

Just in the last week alone, the French president flew to Tokyo for the G-8 summit, pissed off striking French labor unions, embarked on a campaign to save the European Union, demanded that Poland approve the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, vowed to find a way to contain the problem to the Irish” over the Lisbon Treaty, attacked the European Central Bank for raising interest rates, got into a public row with EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson over free trade, unveiled sweeping plans to control EU immigration, promoted his new plan for easing the global food crisis, demanded the G-8 to invite China and India to future meetings, decided he would attend the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing after all, announced the construction of a new nuclear reactor, greeted freed Columbian-French hostage Ingrid Betancourt at a French airbase, vowed to press Syria for the release of an Israeli soldier, and prepared for the release of his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s new folk album.

It’s all in a week’s work for the energetic Sarkozy, who assumed the EU’s rotating six-month presidency on July 1. In addition to the above list, the French president is also trying to overhaul the European space program, according to a BBC report.

“President Nicolas Sarkozy’s well-known admiration for all things American now extends to space exploration. Speaking to the BBC, a senior official involved in French space policy said that it was time to shake up the European Space Agency and make it more like the US space agency (NASA) by giving it a new, politically-led direction.”