The French Space Agency CNES entrusts CS with Pléiades ground segment operations support

CS Communication & Systèmes will accompany the French Space Agency CNES for the management of the Pléiades's ground operations. Pléiades satellites are the future earth observation satellites "high-resolution optical imaging". The first satellite equipped with this dual system for civil and military purposes will be launched in 2009, the second, one year later.

Thanks to its experience and competences in space ground segments projects, CS will participate for the first time to the supervision and the piloting of those satellites. The project consists in preparing control operations, then operating the satellite by remote control from the launcher separation to its orbit and in supervising its functioning and the course of its mission during the first months of operation.

CS won this contract thanks to its recognized competences in the space field, and furthermore to its capacity to propose an organization which will allow to meet the needs of reactivity and mastering of satellite operations constraints.

"From now on, CS is involved in all phases of satellite operation activities life cycle, from development, through systems integration, to ground and embedded means and strengthen the CNES confidence", declared Eric Blanc-Garin, Chief Executive Officer of CS.

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