Ground-based Space facilities Symposium

Ground-based Space facilities Symposium Ground-based Space facilities Symposium
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    Laurence Amen

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    launch and test facilities, launch bases, access to space, launch complex, launch range facilities,

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Launch bases and their associated facilities rarely get top billing at international symposia. Nonetheless, they are essential for access to space and contribute to its reputation. The designers and operators of these facilities have made considerable improvements in performance, quality, operations and the public safety and protection of properties and the environment.

It is still relatively unusual for such operations to be undertaken jointly by two or more countries, some examples being the Soyuz launch complex in French Guiana, set up by Europe and Russia, Sea Launch by the USA, Russia, Ukraine and Norway, or the Brazilian and South Korean launch complexes.

This symposium, organised by CNES, is an opportunity for all stakeholders in launch and test facilities from around the world to consider the present state of the art and the current major evolution to these facilities.