The National Centre for Space Studies (CNES; French: Centre national d'études spatiales) is the French government space agency (administratively, a "public administration with industrial and commercial purpose"). Its headquarters are located in central Paris and it is under the supervision of the French Ministries of Defence and Research.

National Centre of Space Research
Centre national d'études spatiales
Logotype of CNES
Agency overview
Formed19 December 1961; 61 years ago (19 December 1961)
TypeSpace agency
HeadquartersParis, Île-de-France
AdministratorPhilippe Baptiste
Primary spaceports
Annual budget€2.566 billion (2022)[1]
CNES, 2 Place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris, France

It operates from the Toulouse Space Centre and the Guiana Space Centre, but also has payloads launched from space centres operated by other countries. The president of CNES is Philippe Baptiste.[2] CNES is a member of Institute of Space, its Applications and Technologies. It is Europe's largest and most important national organization of its type.[3]

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