Interview with Bignier, Michel

From the Oral History of Europe in Space Collection
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Interview Informations

Recorded in 21 October 2003
Interview by D. Redon in French

Transcripts
Topics Pages
education, professional career 1-7, 15-16, 44-45, 49-50
space research: France / CNES: CNES setting up / CNES staff 10, 17, 19-20, 24-25
space policy: France / CNES: Ariane programme: armed forces 12
Guiana Space Centre: CSG location 13-14
space policy: France: Comité des recherches spatiales: 1958 17-18
space policy: France / CNES: Diamant launcher: armed forces: 1962-1965 18-19
space research: France / CNES: CNES centres: 1961-1972 20-24
Guiana Space Centre: CSG technical infrastructure: 1964-1965 22-23
space research: France / CNES: national research programme: satellites / sounding balloons / sounding rockets: 1961-1970 25-27
space policy: France / CNES: satellites: USSR: 1966-1969 27-28
ELDO: Blue Streak launcher / ELDO crisis / Europa launcher: LIIIS launcher: 1960-1974 28-31
ESRO: ESRO centres / ESRO staff / industrial contractors 31-32
space policy: France / CNES: Symphonie satellite: Federal Republic of Germany 34-35
space policy: France / CNES: Meteosat satellite 35-36, 60
space policy: France: CNES / SEPOR: CNES crisis: 1973-1976 36-37
space policy: France / CNES: technoscientific cooperation: India: 1962-1964 38-39
space exploitation: Eutelsat / Intelsat: 1964-1970 38-39
space policy: France / CNES: CNES director general: 1971-1976 40
space policy: France / CNES: Hermes shuttle 40, 49-50
Guiana Space Centre: CSG economic impact 40-41
ESA: Ariane launch: 1985 41-42
space policy: France: national research budget: Ariane programme: 1974 42-43
Guiana Space Centre: CSG configuration B 43
ESA: Spacelab: aerospace industry / manned space missions: 1981-1986 44-49
space policy: France / CNES: scientific cooperation: Canada: 1963-1967 47-48
space exploitation: space insurance: 1975-1998 51-55
space policy: France: 1960-2003 58-61
space research: France: French military launching sites in Algeria: ballistic spacecrafts / industrial contractors / nuclear weapon: 1957-1963 6-13
space policy: France: armed forces: Gulf War / Helios space probe: 1973-2003 62-64
Cited Persons
Allest, Frédéric D'; Aubinière, Robert; Auger, Pierre; Bastien-Thiry, Jean-Marie; Blamont, Jacques; Bondi, Hermann; Bonte, Général; Bortzmeyer, Hubert; Carrobio Di Carrobio, Renzo; Chaban-Delmas, Jacques; Chiquet, Pierre; Coulomb, Jean; Curien, Hubert; Dassault, Serge; Deloffre, Bernard; Denisse, Jean-François; Dhabi, Mohamed; Gibson, Roy; Golonka, Bernard; Gruau, Jean; Lévy, Maurice; Lüst, Reimar; Mitterrand, François; Morin, François; Namy, Xavier; Pierrat, Jacques; Piganiol, Jacques; Quistgaard, Erik; Sillard, Yves; Vignelles, Roger