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Research grants

Once a year CNES awards about a hundred research grants in the domain of engineering sciences (orbital and space transport systems), and those sciences which make use of space equipment (sciences of the cosmos, Earth, and microgravity) to young French and foreign scientists who have an interest in space.

E-Space & Science

The E-Space&Science scientific bulletin of the CNES is a regular publication aiming to provide information about the work of the scientific teams involved in space research programmes. This online bulletin accompanies the publication in peer reviewed scientific journals reporting significant results obtained with the support of CNES.

The bulletin is written for a public of scientists or passionates including, the scientific community and particularly scientists collaborating with the CNES, students, teachers and professors as well as journalists, scientific medias and museums.

Future scientific launches



Soyuz orbits Sentinel-1A on 7th successful launch from French Guiana

April 03, 2014

The first satellite of Europe’s Copernicus programme was sent aloft today, Thursday 3 April, by a Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Centre as scheduled at 18:02 local time (23:02 CET).


Rosetta mission: Philae lander 'wakes up' as planned

March 28, 2014

The small robotic lander, which will be dropped onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November, was woken from its deep-space 'hibernation' today. This is a crucial milestone in the Rosetta mission, after wake-up of the orbiter in January. CNES is ready to receive the 1st science data from Philae.