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On 20 September 2017, the integration room for space cryogenics of Low Temperature Service (SBT) was inaugurated in the presence of Fabienne Serenne of Cnes and Olivier Pin of ESA and Vincent Berger, Director of basic research at CEA. This one hundred square meter facility will be used in particular for the Athena (X-ray) and Spica-Safari (infrared) observatory projects.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.