CNES, Nexeya invest in French nanosatellite industry

[Excerpt] French space agency CNES has selected a French mid-tier firm, Nexeya, to pursue efforts to create a national nanosatellite industry. The two partners are investing in a demonstrator called ANGELS.

With a view to structuring a national nanosatellite ecosystem for satellites weighing less than 50kg and in the wake of the earlier Club Nano initiative to federate stakeholders in industry and academia from across the sector, CNES is to develop a demonstrator called ANGELS (for Argos Neo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite), planned to launch in 2019.

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