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Neosat boosting Europe’s telecommunications by satellite20 February 2014
Neosat boosting Europe’s telecommunications by satellite20 February 2014 ESA is forging ahead with the Neosat next-generation satcom platform, planning the first flights within five years. The goal is for European satellite builders to capture at least half of the world’s satcom market in 2018–30 through innovation and efficiency, generating €25 billion in sales.
ESA selects planet-hunting PLATO mission19 February 2014
ESA selects planet-hunting PLATO mission19 February 2014 A space-based observatory to search for planets orbiting alien stars has been selected today as ESA’s third medium-class science mission. It is planned for launch by 2024.
New information update (*): DeSIRE II Cooperation6 February 2014
New information update (*): DeSIRE II Cooperation6 February 2014 Through their 2011 Administrative Arrangement and active policy and programmatic coordination, the European Defence Agency (EDA) and European Space Agency (ESA), have today agreed to pursue their cooperation in the domain of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) with the signature of the DeSIRE II Project Arrangement.
French space agency President visits ESA’s largest establishme...21 January 2014 Today Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the French space agency CNES, visited the European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESTEC, ESA’s largest establishment in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
A good year to find a comet12 February 2014
A good year to find a comet12 February 2014 A team of European astronomers has found a previously unknown comet, detected as a tiny blob of light orbiting our Sun deep in the Solar System.
Galileo works, and works well10 February 2014
Galileo works, and works well10 February 2014 The in-orbit validation of Galileo has been achieved: Europe now has the operational nucleus of its own satellite navigation constellation in place – the world’s first civil-owned and operated satnav system.
Ariane 5’s first launch of 201406 February 2014
Ariane 5’s first launch of 201406 February 2014 The first Ariane 5 launch of the year lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana this evening on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, ABS-2 & Athena–Fidus, into their planned transfer orbits.
Gaia comes into focus06 February 2014
Gaia comes into focus06 February 2014 ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus. This test image shows a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.
ExoMars orbiter core module completed03 February 2014
ExoMars orbiter core module completed03 February 2014 The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter module consisting of the spacecraft structure, thermal control and propulsion systems was handed over by OHB System to Thales Alenia Space France at a ceremony held in Bremen, Germany, today.
Herschel discovers water vapour around dwarf planet Ceres22 January 2014
Herschel discovers water vapour around dwarf planet Ceres22 January 2014 ESA’s Herschel space observatory has discovered water vapour around Ceres, the first unambiguous detection of water vapour around an object in the asteroid belt.