Indo-French Cooperation in Space

Event Date & Time

January 27, 2019 – 6:30 pm


François Cahuzac, CNES

Event Details

Francois Cahuzac graduated from the French engineering school (ENSTA Paris) in 1981.

He began his career as oceanographer in a service company working for the oil industry, and joined CNES, the French Space Agency in 1987. He has worked since then in the Launcher business in different capacities.

He was project manager in the development of Ariane 5, first in the development of equipment, and then in charge of the development of the Cryo-technic Main Stage, and later in Research and Technology activities in 2005. He became responsible for the technical implementation of the French Space Operation Act in 2008, and for Economic Intelligence for Launchers in 2015.

In 2017, he joined the Directorate for Programming and International in the CNES headquarters as senior Launchers expert.

Event Description

Mr.Cahuzac will speak about the technical and management evolution in the field of civilian European launchers, from the beginning up to now, and the continuous cooperation of France and India along this history.

He will share with us his perspectives on the ambitious cooperation program between CNES and ISRO, its multiple projects, its challenges and successes, and its exciting perspectives.

Please see the recent news bulletin below concerning cooperation in human spaceflight.

From a recent CNES bulletin:

France-India space cooperation, CNES and ISRO extend partnership to human spaceflight

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and ISRO Chairman K. Sivan announced today the creation of a French-Indian working group on human spaceflight, thus following up on one of the main commitments made by President Emmanuel Macron after his State visit to India. CNES and ISRO will be combining their expertise in the fields of space medicine, astronaut health monitoring, life support, radiation protection, space debris protection, and personal hygiene systems.

This new area of space cooperation between France and India is gearing up in the wake of the recent announcement by the Indian Prime Minister that an astronaut will be launched from Indian soil no later than 2022.

French-Indian space cooperation spans climate monitoring, with a fleet of joint satellites devoted to research and operational applications, innovation, through a joint technical group tasked with inventing the launch vehicles of tomorrow, and NewSpace partnerships in India, as well as deep-space exploration with work underway on France’s contribution to future Indian missions to Mars, Venus and asteroids.

Participation Fee

30 € for Dinner. IPA members can use coupons if applicable.

Mode of Payment:

By cheque in the name of the restaurant or Credit Card Only


Jodhpur Palace, 42 Allée Vivaldi, 75012 Paris, Tel: 01 43 40 72 46

Tenue de Ville

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME: 06:30 PM, Sunday, January 27, 2019

Timely arrival requested to facilitate better interactions with members, guests, and new members.

RSVP closed as this is a past event.