Background briefing – Rosetta wake up and year ahead03 December 2013
Background briefing – Rosetta wake up and year ahead03 December 2013 Next year, on 20 January, after 957 days of hibernation in deep space, ESA’s comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft is set to wake up automatically en route to the destination it has been travelling towards for nearly a decade.
Helping China to the Moon 29 November 2013
Helping China to the Moon 29 November 2013 Shortly after China’s Chang’e-3 spacecraft departs Earth to land on the Moon, ESA’s network of tracking stations will swing into action, providing crucial support for the vessel’s five-day lunar cruise.
End of the beginning for Swarm trio26 November 2013
End of the beginning for Swarm trio26 November 2013 Reaching a significant milestone for ESA’s magnetic field mission, the Swarm satellites have completed the critical first phase of their new mission.
Swarm ready for launch22 November 2013
Swarm ready for launch22 November 2013 With the rocket fully fuelled and its electrical checks done, Swarm is set to liftoff today at 12:02 GMT from Plesetsk in northern Russia.
Swarm launch timeline21 November 2013
Swarm launch timeline21 November 2013 Find below an outline timeline for the launch of Swarm on 22 November 2013. See notes below table for details. All times subject to change. Follow launch live via ESA TV, starting 10:45 GMT (11:45 CET).
Swarm mission control ready for triple launch19 November 2013
Swarm mission control ready for triple launch19 November 2013 After months of intensive training, the Swarm mission control team are ready for liftoff on Friday. The team will carefully shepherd the trio of magnetic explorers through their critical launch and early orbit phase, ready to react to any problem.