CNES is the French Space Agency in charge of developing and proposing to the government the French space program and of implementing it.
CNES offers the public authorities France's space policy and implements it in 5 major strategic areas: Ariane, Sciences, Observation, Telecommunications and Defense.
CNES headquarters are in Paris with Operations Centers in Toulouse and French Guiana.
Its 2 employees are spread over four centers of excellence: the Toulouse Space Center for the design of orbital systems, the Launcher Department for the development of launch systems, the Guyanese Space Center for the implementation of European launchers and the Headquarters for the development of space policy.
CNES maintains very close relations with the space industry, its European partners within the framework of the European Space Agency and the European Commission, and internationally.
CNES is a major player in economic diplomacy and has enabled French industry to record many successes.