Interview with Bignier, Michel

From the Oral History of Europe in Space Collection

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

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education, professional career (page: 1-7, 15-16, 44-45, 49-50)
space policy: France / CNES: Hermes shuttle (page: 40, 49-50)
ESA: Ariane launch: 1985 (page: 41-42)
Guiana Space Centre: CSG economic impact (page: 40-41)
space research: France: French military launching sites in Algeria: ballistic spacecrafts / industrial contractors / nuclear weapon: 1957-1963 (page: 6-13)
Guiana Space Centre: CSG location (page: 13-14)
space research: France / CNES: CNES setting up / CNES staff (page: 10, 17, 19-20, 24-25)
space policy: France: Comité des recherches spatiales: 1958 (page: 17-18)
space policy: France / CNES: Diamant launcher: armed forces: 1962-1965 (page: 18-19)
space policy: France / CNES: Ariane programme: armed forces (page: 12)
space research: France / CNES: CNES centres: 1961-1972 (page: 20-24)
Guiana Space Centre: CSG technical infrastructure: 1964-1965 (page: 22-23)
space research: France / CNES: national research programme: satellites / sounding balloons / sounding rockets: 1961-1970 (page: 25-27)
space policy: France / CNES: satellites: USSR: 1966-1969 (page: 27-28)
ELDO: Blue Streak launcher / ELDO crisis / Europa launcher: LIIIS launcher: 1960-1974 (page: 28-31)
ESRO: ESRO centres / ESRO staff / industrial contractors (page: 31-32)
space policy: France / CNES: Symphonie satellite: Federal Republic of Germany (page: 34-35)
space policy: France / CNES: Meteosat satellite (page: 35-36, 60)
space policy: France: CNES / SEPOR: CNES crisis: 1973-1976 (page: 36-37)
space policy: France / CNES: technoscientific cooperation: India: 1962-1964 (page: 38-39)
space exploitation: Eutelsat / Intelsat: 1964-1970 (page: 38-39)
space policy: France / CNES: CNES director general: 1971-1976 (page: 40)
ESA: Spacelab: aerospace industry / manned space missions: 1981-1986 (page: 44-49)
space policy: France: national research budget: Ariane programme: 1974 (page: 42-43)
Guiana Space Centre: CSG configuration B (page: 43)
space policy: France / CNES: scientific cooperation: Canada: 1963-1967 (page: 47-48)
space exploitation: space insurance: 1975-1998 (page: 51-55)
space policy: France: 1960-2003 (page: 58-61)
space policy: France: armed forces: Gulf War / Helios space probe: 1973-2003 (page: 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

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