February 18, 2003

CNES facilities

CNES administrative operations are directed from the CNES headquarters in Paris. Administrators at headquarters, together with the overseeing ministries, establish and promote CNES's policy. They also define strategic guidelines for the agency’s technical centres and its relations with outside partners.

paris les halles - Headquarters

Centre national d'études spatiales
2 place Maurice Quentin
75 039 PARIS CEDEX 01
Tel : 33 (0)
Fax : 33 (0)

Access plan to CNES headquarters, Paris les Halles (.pdf)

Paris-Daumesnil - The Launcher Directorate

The Launcher Directorate (DLA), in Paris-Daumesnil, leads all developments for the Ariane programme, under contract to the European Space Agency (Esa).

The DLA maintains constant supervision of the launcher from production to marketing and launch, through Arianespace.
The DLA also plans upgrades to the Ariane 5 programme and is leading research on new concepts for launchers and advanced propulsion systems.

Contact: Centre national d'études spatiales
Direction des lanceurs
52, rue Jacques Hillairet 75612 PARIS CEDEX FRANCE
Tél : 33 (0)1 80 97 71 11

Access plan to CNES Paris Daumesnil

Toulouse Space Centre (CST) - a technical and operational complex

The opening of the CST in 1968 was the result of the decentralization of French high-tech industries from the Paris area to the provinces. The CST replaced the former space centre at Brétigny-sur-Orge.

At this key site for space research, the centre develops complete space systems with its partners in industry and the scientific community, right up to their entry into operational service. The CST is unique in terms of its size and the diversity of its activities.

The CST participates in scientific and instrumentation projects, and leads research and application programmes such as Spot, Helios and Argos. It also conducts satellite positioning operations.

Centre national d'études spatiales
Centre spatial de Toulouse
18 avenue Edouard Belin  31 401 TOULOUSE CEDEX 4 FRANCE
Tel : 33 (0)
Fax : 33 (0)

Access plan to CNES Toulouse 

Contact - Aire-sur-l'Adour balloon Center:
Centre national d'études spatiales
Centre de lancement de ballons (CLBA), rattaché au CST
Route Houga 48000 Aire-sur-l'Adour FRANCE
Tel.: 33 (0)

Guiana Space Centre (CSG) - Europe's spaceport

The CSG is dedicated to Europe’s launcher programme. It coordinates all resources needed for launch infrastructures; launcher and payload preparation, control of launch operations and so on.

The site was chosen in 1967 for its ideal location 5° north of the equator, which is ideal for launching geostationary satellites. It also offers the advantage of its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and a favourable climate.

Centre national d'études spatiales
Centre spatial guyanais
BP 726 _ Route Nationale 1  97 387 KOUROU CEDEX  FRENCH GUIANA
Tel : 33 (0)
Fax : 33 (0)
To visit the CSG or the Space Museum: CSG website

Access plan to CSG