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CNES first set up these communities, initially called technical expertise centres, in 1998 to encourage excellence, nurture expertise, spur innovation and leverage experience by:
- Sharing knowledge to boost technical and methodological know-how at individual and team levels
- Spurring innovative ideas and priming the pipeline of doctoral research and R&T
- Helping to shape CNES’s technology policy and roadmaps
- Disseminating know-how
- Drawing on lessons learned
Today, COMETs are a focal point for exchange between the space sector and other areas of activity, laying the groundwork for the future and assuring mutual benefits for all partners, across all areas of technical and functional expertise useful to CNES.
Each COMET led by a duo overseeing a multipartite CNES-research-industry-agency bureau with 10 to 40 members proposes and executes an annual programme of events for its community, which plays an active role driving proposals and may count anything between 200 and 800 members. A ‘Like’ COMET covers the needs of other thematic domains for which no formal COMET exists.
In all, more than 60 seminars are held every year, most of them open and offering free entry by registering on CNES’s COMET website (https://www.comet-cnes.fr/en).
By bringing together diverse professional communities and cultures in a relaxed and informal setting, such ‘open innovation’ events help to share and advance knowledge, and to spawn new ideas.
The domains of expertise currently covered by CNES’s COMETs are:
|AIT||Payload and spacecraft integration|
|ECM||Electromagnetism and microwave circuits|
|EDB||On-board power systems|
|ENV||Atmospheric and space environment|
|IRE||Data processing and embedded networks|
|MCE||Microsystems and electronic components|
|OOE||Optics and optoelectronics|
|OPS||Space mission operations and exploitation|
|P&A||Propulsion & Aerothermodynamics|
|PDS||Satellite positioning and timing|
|SCA||Command and automation systems|
|SIL||Information systems architecture and software engineering|
|S&C||System and Cost|
|TSI||Signal and image processing systems|
See the COMET website.