French space agency to co-finance, with industry, constellation of high-resolution imaging satellites

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The French space agency,CNES, expects to select in April an industrial partner to build a constellation of 50-centimeter-resolution Earth imaging satellites to collect global digital terrain elevation data and stimulate French industrial competitiveness.

CNES’s board of directors approved the project, called CO3D, in which CNES would finance a large minority stake but manage the procurement so that it is purchasing digital-elevation products, not satellites.

Satellite prime contractors Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space, both of . . .

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