Founded in 1961, CNES is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy. It carries out ambitious programs in all areas of space activities: development of launchers, development and exploitation of satellites in the fields of Earth observation, space science and defense, as well as missions related to the Solar System exploration. CNES also supports the French space ecosystem, from historical big players to SMEs and startups, through various financial, expertise and networking mechanisms. Most of CNES programs are carried out in cooperation with international partners, from the space faring nations like the US and Japan to emerging countries.
CNES has a long-standing relationship with Thailand, in particular with GISTDA. The latest area of cooperation between the two agencies relates to the operations of Thailand’s THEOS satellites.