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  1. CNES positions Chinese satellite

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    April 15, 2005

    Teams at the Toulouse Space Centre have been tasked with positioning the Apstar VI telecommunications satellite, launched 12 April from the Xichang launch base in south-west China.

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  2. Balloons monitor the African monsoon

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    August 7, 2006

    This summer, 3 stratospheric balloon campaigns are being conducted in West Africa to study the mechanisms of the African monsoon for the AMMA* international research programme. A press trip was organized to Benin and Niger for a dozen European and African journalists in July to highlight why we need to monitor the monsoon.

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  3. Monitoring and predicting epidemics with satellites

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    March 23, 2006

    Bird flu, Chikungunya fever, SRAS and West Nile Virus have all been in the news in recent weeks. They are a reminder that there are still many contagious diseases around the world, and that preventing their spread is difficult. Previously confined to the Intertropical Zone, these diseases are now coming closer to home. Since 1998, CNES has been lending its support to tele-epidemiology projects aimed at deploying monitoring and early-warning systems.

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  4. Keeping an eye on epidemics from space

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    September 28, 2006

    Malaria, dengue fever, Rift Valley fever, West Nile virus and Chikungunya are all mosquito-borne diseases. What can we do to control these insects capable of spreading viruses throughout entire regions? Emerging alternatives to aggressive solutions are increasingly relying on space-based tools. Culling livestock or eradicating mosquitoes across an entire region is a costly business and can sometimes have harmful effects. But less radical solutions are now proving their worth, in particular mitigation and near-real-time monitoring using early-warning systems.

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  5. Envisat and CNES balloons keep track of ozone

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    May 2, 2005

    Depletion of the ozone layer by human-induced chemical emissions is a cause for concern. To keep track of the situation, Europe’s Envisat satellite is studying variations in stratospheric ozone levels. Saturday 7 May, CNES launched a stratospheric balloon to validate the atmospheric measurements Envisat is acquiring from space.

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  6. 40 years of French-Russian space cooperation

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    June 22, 2006

    30 June 1966, France and the Soviet Union signed a cooperation agreement on the peaceful exploration of space. 40 years later, that bold political initiative has blossomed into a series of increasingly ambitious projects.

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  7. A new crisis management tool to aid Darfur refugees

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    November 19, 2007

    After several months of tests, the Emergesat humanitarian relief container recently departed for Chad on its 1st mission to establish high-data-rate communications links and handle logistics.

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  8. CNES and Aquitaine Regional Council join forces for atmospheric re-entry programmes

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    November 16, 2004

    Atmospheric re-entry represents a key challenge for the space community. Two European projects backed by the Aquitaine Regional Council are currently focusing on this extremely tricky phase of a spaceflight mission, which involves getting a spacecraft—and its crew—through the atmosphere and back to Earth unscathed.

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  9. Charter aids disaster-hit nations

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    November 24, 2008

    Founded in 2000 by CNES and ESA, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters regularly provides free satellite imagery to help nations organize emergency response efforts in the event of a natural disaster. For the next 6 months, CNES will be at the helm of this organization.

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