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  1. Satellite technology helps to combat locusts

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    October 25, 2005

    As plagues of locusts threaten to destroy crops in the Sahel region of Africa, CNES is proposing satellite technologies to track swarms.

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  2. P80- a newcomer in the solid propulsion stakes

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    September 28, 2006

    Europe’s family of launchers is set to grow, with a kid brother for Ariane 5 called Vega expected some time late next year. Vega is designed for the launch of small satellites, complementing its larger stable mate. The Vega project was initiated by ESA in 1999. CNES is leading development of the P80 engine that will power the 1st stage of the new launcher. The P80 will in fact carry 88 tonnes of solid fuel needed to get the light Vega launcher off the ground.

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  3. Alain Ducasse Formation's dishes aboard the l'ISS

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    September 28, 2006

    “Caponata”, “Roasted quails in a Madiran wine sauce”, “Smooth celeriac purée with nutmeg”, “Rice pudding with preserved fruit”, all make up a mouth-watering menu, but not, as you might expect, from the latest trendy restaurant. In fact it is intended for Thomas Reiter, a European astronaut which reached the ISS last July. Reiter will be the first to taste these dishes in the weeks to come. As planned, the russian Progress spacecraft carried the meals yesterday.

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  4. COROT arrives safely in Baikonur

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    September 28, 2006

    Carefully stowed inside its container, the COROT satellite arrived safely at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Wednesday 15 November. It made the trip on an Antonov 124 cargo aircraft specially chartered by CNES, with assistance from the satellite integrator Alcatel Alenia Space.

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  5. Keeping an eye on epidemics from space

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    September 28, 2006

    Malaria, dengue fever, Rift Valley fever, West Nile virus and Chikungunya are all mosquito-borne diseases. What can we do to control these insects capable of spreading viruses throughout entire regions? Emerging alternatives to aggressive solutions are increasingly relying on space-based tools. Culling livestock or eradicating mosquitoes across an entire region is a costly business and can sometimes have harmful effects. But less radical solutions are now proving their worth, in particular mitigation and near-real-time monitoring using early-warning systems.

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