European space events for 2002

Envisat, artist's impression
4 January 2002

ESA PR 1-2002. During 2002 ESA will be involved in a series of international events worth the attention and the attendance of the media. These are the major ones that can already be pencilled in your diary.


16/01 - ESA's Director General Antonio Rodotà meets the press in Paris.

(18/12)-27/01 - "Art and Science fiction exhibition" at the Noordwijk Space Expo, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

22/01 - Edinburgh, Scotland: "Space calling", lecture by ESA astronaut Reinhold Ewald (with live link to the ISS, t.b.c.).

Vega (Artist's impression)
Vega - artist's impression


01-04/02 - Dublin, Ireland: "Opportunities 2002", career and education fair with ESA astronaut participation on 01/02.

04-09/02 - Vienna, Austria: Dream or Reality? Science/ Science Fiction exhibition at Donauzentrum, Vienna shopping mall.

21/02 t.b.c. - Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission 3B. Shuttle launch (STS-109) from KSC, Florida.

t.b.c. - Launch of ESA's environmental satellite Envisat on Ariane 5 (V145/ A511) from Kourou, French Guiana.

t.b.c. - Opening of the Cologne Health Centre at ESA's European Astronauts Centre.

t.b.c. - Signature of Vega launcher development contract at ESA/Frascati (ESRIN), Italy.

ATV STM transferred to LEAF
ATV STM tranferred to LEAF Acoustic Facility


18-22/03 - 32nd ESA Parabolic Flight campaign, from Bordeaux, France. t.b.c. - ATV media day at ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC), the Netherlands.

31-01/04 - National Dutch space days at Noordwijk Space Expo.

t.b.c. - Press day on the Rosetta spacecraft at ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC)


02-06/04 - Physics on Stage 2: teachers conference at ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC), the Netherlands.

04/04 t.b.c. - 13th ISS Assembly flight (8A). Shuttle launch (STS-110) from KSC, Florida.

15-20/04 - Hannover Fair, Hannover, Germany: ESA Technology Transfer stand.

t.b.c. - Envisat first image: press day at ESA/Frascati (ESRIN), Italy and in other locations.

27-02/05 - Soyuz taxi flight to the International Space Station with ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori on board.

Roberto Vittori, Astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA)
Roberto Vittori, Astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA)


02-13/05 - Shuttle flight (STS-111) to the International Space Station with French astronaut Philippe Perrin on board.

06-12/05 - ILA International Aerospace Exhibition and Conference, Berlin, Germany.


11-14/06 - ESA/NASA Spaceflight Safety Conference at ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC), the Nehterlands.

18-21/06 - Rome, Italy: Global Disaster Information Network - annual conference.

27/06-13/07 - Shuttle flight (STS-107) to the ISS from KSC, Florida with ESA payload on board.


10-26/07 - Students parabolic flight campaign in Bordeaux, France.

t.b.c. - Ariane 5 Plus ESC-A launch from Kourou.

t.b.c. - Columbus trainer delivery to the ESA/European Astronaut Centre, Cologne. Press event.

22-28/07 - Farnborough air show.

Meteosat Second Generation (MSG)
The MSG-1 satellite


01-12/08 - 15th ISS assembly flight (9A). Shuttle launch (STS-112) from KSC, Florida.

t.b.c. - Launch of MSG-1 (Meteosat Second Generation) on Ariane 4 or 5 (t.b.d.) from Kourou, French Guiana.


06-16/09 - 16th ISS assembly flight. Shuttle flight (STS-113) from KSC, Florida.

02-11/09 - Earth Summit 2002, Congress and exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa.

t.b.d. - Inauguration of ESA's Deep Space Ground Station, New Norcia, Australia.

t.b.d. - SMART-1 international press day at ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC), the Netherlands.

Integral testing at ESTEC
ESA's gamma-ray detecting spacecraft Integral in the Large Space Simulator


04-10/10 - International Space Week. Web marathon at ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC) for schools, with space specialists from around the world.

10-19/10 - World Space Congress in Houston, Texas.

t.b.c. - Launch of Integral on Proton launcher from Baikonur.

t.b.c. - 33rd ESA parabolic flight campaign from Bordeaux, France.

23-26/10 - New SITEF Congress and exhibition in Toulouse, France


04-14/11 - Soyuz taxi flight to the International Space Station with ESA astronaut Frank De Winne on board

19-21/11 - CEOS (Committee on Earth Observation Satellites) plenary meeting at ESA/Frascati (ESRIN), Italy.

t.b.c. - Netdays Europe. Youth-oriented events via the Web in co-operation with the European Union.

Artist's impression of the SMART-1 mission
Artist's impression of the SMART-1 mission


t.b.c. - Ariane 5 Vinci engine test firing.

t.b.c. - Launch of SMART-1 on Ariane 5 from Kourou, French Guiana

Dates of certain events, especially those of launches, depend on various factors such as readiness of the spacecraft and/or launcher, and thus remain to be confirmed (t.b.c.) for some time. All Ariane launch dates, for instance, are provisional; definite dates will be confirmed by Arianespace.

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