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Cannes Mandelieu Space Center

History and museums
industrial plant, spacecraft manufacturing, landmark

The Cannes Mandelieu Space Center is an industrial plant dedicated to spacecraft manufacturing, located in both the towns of Cannes and Mandelieu in France. After a long history in aircraft manufacturer, starting in 1929, the center became more and more involved in the Aerospace activities after the Second World War, and satellites are now the plant's main produce.

After having been the Satellite Division of Aérospatiale, then Alcatel Space in 1998, then Alcatel Alenia Space in 2005, the center is now part, since April 10, 2007 of Thales Alenia Space and the headquarters of the company.


Main products

As prime contractor

  • the series of Meteosat first and second generation
  • the series of communication satellites Spacebus
  • the series of Globalstar's second-generation satellites
  • the series of O3b satellite constellation
  • the Infrared Space Observatory
  • the Huygens space probe, which landed on Titan
  • the Proteus series of small low earth orbit satellites, including
    • the COROT satellite
    • Jason-1, Jason-2 and upcoming Jason-3
    • the CALIPSO satellite
  • the Planck spacecraft
  • the Herschel Space Observatory

As the main subcontractor

  • the cameras for the French military observation satellites Helios-1 and Helios-2
  • the IASI, Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer, embarked on-board Metop
  • the MERIS camera embarked on board the ENVISAT mission.


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