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ESA hands over control of the MSG-4 weather satellite to EUMETSAT27 July 2015 On 26 July at 11:30 CEST, EUMETSAT took control of Europe’s last Meteosat Second Generation weather satellite, MSG-4. This follows the successful launch of the satellite on 15 July aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, and the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) carried out by ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, ESOC, on EUMETSAT’s behalf.
Call for Media: Presentation of Sentinel-2 first images and de...17 July 2015 Media representatives are invited to a presentation of potential applications using the early images from the second satellite in orbit for the EU’s Copernicus Earth observation programme.
Europe’s MSG-4 weather satellite delivered into orbit16 July 2015 The last weather satellite in Europe’s highly successful Meteosat Second Generation series lifted off on an Ariane 5 launcher at 21:42 GMT (23:42 CEST) on 15 July from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Flags are raised at ESA’s first UK centre9 July 2015
Flags are raised at ESA’s first UK centre9 July 2015 Jan Woerner, ESA Director General, and Jo Johnson, UK Minister of State for Universities and Science, today watched ESA Member States’ flags rise for the first time at the Agency’s first centre in the UK.
Andreas Mogensen launch moved by a day24 July 2015
Andreas Mogensen launch moved by a day24 July 2015 The next ESA astronaut to work on the International Space Station, Andreas Mogensen, will arrive a day later than previously planned because the Station’s orbit has been changed. The Danish flight engineer, commander Sergei Volkov and Kazakh cosmonau...
Cool summer boosts Arctic ice20 July 2015
Cool summer boosts Arctic ice20 July 2015 Measurements from ESA’s CryoSat satellite show that the volume of Arctic sea ice increased by a third following the unusually cool summer of 2013. This new finding suggests that ice in the northern hemisphere is more sensitive to changes in summer mel...
Preparing to build ESA’s Jupiter mission17 July 2015
Preparing to build ESA’s Jupiter mission17 July 2015 Airbus Defence & Space in France has been selected as the prime industrial contractor for ESA’s Juice mission to Jupiter and its icy moons.
Chameleon satellite to revolutionise telecom market09 July 2015 Telecom satellites are set to enter a new age, as ESA, Eutelsat and Airbus Defence & Space begin designing the most flexible payload ever.
Rosetta: preparing for perihelion13 July 2015
Rosetta: preparing for perihelion13 July 2015 Rosetta’s investigations of its comet are continuing as the mission teams count down the last month to perihelion – the closest point to the Sun along the comet’s orbit – when the comet’s activity is expected to be at its highest.
Comet sinkholes generate jets 01 July 2015
Comet sinkholes generate jets 01 July 2015 A number of the dust jets emerging from Rosetta’s comet can be traced back to active pits that were likely formed by a sudden collapse of the surface. These ‘sinkholes’ are providing a glimpse at the chaotic and diverse interior of the comet.