In November, the European Space Agency launched three identical research satellites into separate orbits to provide scientists with unprecedented data about the Earth’s magnetic field, which shields the planet from cosmic radiation and harmful charged particles in the solar wind.
The four-year Swarm mission will beam back information about the sources of the field, why it seems to be weakening and what might be in store for our planet. On board each of the satellites is CEA-Leti’s absolute scalar magnetometer (ASM) technology; its ability to measure the magnetic field from three different locations and time zones is a central to the mission’s success.
Congratulations to Leti, which has been producing innovations that improve life on Earth for more than four decades.
Communication, collaboration – and location
Less than a year in business and we’ve already moved to a bigger headquarters!
The chance to set up shop in bigger, brighter Versailles digs came our way at an opportune moment, providing us with more desk space and a bigger conference room. Plus, we have a view of a beautiful old chapel, and great neighbors – especially the caterer one floor below. K-Traiteur, who brings us outstanding pastries and dishes to sample, would be an excellent choice for a reception, wedding or other event.
It has been a busy year, one in which we’ve gained firsthand insights into the challenges of a startup – balancing business demands and organization-building and meetings with bankers, accountants, IT guys and government agencies (some paperwork required).
But above all, it’s our clients who have made 2013 so interesting and productive. An enthusiastic “merci” and “thanks” to you all, as we look forward to what we can do together in 2014, 2015, 2016…