France's space agency CNES to feature at Expo 2020 Dubai

Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales is already relaying satellite pictures of the next World Expo's French Pavilion

CNES will be at Expo 2020 Dubai's France Pavilion.
CNES will be at Expo 2020 Dubai's France Pavilion.

French space agency Centre National d’etudes Spatiales (CNES) will showcase the country’s space activities as part of the France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai following an agreement with Compagnie Française des Expositions (Corfex), the state-run organisation tasked with organising France’s participation at the mega-event.

 CNES will invite visitors to “discover French space activities through films, satellite pictures, and mock-ups”.

In a statement, it added: “The themes of space exploration, climate action, launchers, innovation, telecommunications, and international cooperation will give everyone the opportunity to learn more about space today and what it will look like tomorrow.”

The partnership agreement was signed on 20 June and comes two months after the light- and mobility-focused design for France Pavilion – set to be built by Belgian construction giant Besix – was revealed.

As part of its agreement, CNES is relaying satellite pictures of the exhibition site in Dubai with a close-up of the French pavilion, which can be viewed at the facilities of Corfex in Paris and Expo 2020 site in Dubai.

Commentign on the agreement, CNES president, Jean-Yves Le Gall, said: “CNES is a prime mover of international space cooperation, driving economic diplomacy and extending France’s international influence.”

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