National Centre for Space Studies
The Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) is a French government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France's space policy. Established in 1961, the CNES has been involved in numerous studies and research projects related to space and aeronautics. CNES is part of the French Ministries of Defence and Research and the preeminent European space agency with a goal to execute its nation's space policy. It is an important member to the global space industry, contributing to space research and technological innovations.
In 2007, CNES publically released its UFO files through its website and continues to update its database, and in March 2021, the CNES announced that it would create a dedicated unit to investigate Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) sightings reported by military pilots and space personnel.
The CNES study of UAPs aims to improve the scientific understanding of these phenomena and to determine whether they pose any potential security risks. The agency will collect and analyze data related to UAP sightings, such as witness reports, radar and satellite data, and other sensor information. The study involves collaboration with other government agencies and international partners to share information and coordinate efforts. The creation of this dedicated unit by the CNES signals a growing interest in UAP research and the need to better understand these phenomena.