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Action plan approved for next Ariane 5 launches2 March 2018
Action plan approved for next Ariane 5 launches2 March 2018 After the release of the conclusions of the Ariane VA241 Independent Enquiry Commission on 22 February, the findings and recommendations were formally presented to a Steering Board on 28 February. The board included Daniel Neuenschwander, ESA Director of Space Transportation; Stéphane Israël, Arianespace CEO; and Alain Charmeau, ArianeGroup CEO.
Call for Media: Tour of the first ‘chameleon’ satellite 16 February 2018
Call for Media: Tour of the first ‘chameleon’ satellite 16 February 2018 Media are invited to a guided tour in the Portsmouth cleanrooms of Airbus in the company of ESA astronaut Tim Peake, on Monday 26 February to see Eutelsat Quantum, a pioneering mission in space telecommunications.
Call for Media: Columbus and ATV 10th anniversary28 January 2018
Call for Media: Columbus and ATV 10th anniversary28 January 2018 Media are invited to ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands on 7 February for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Columbus laboratory and the launch of the first Automated Transfer Vehicle.
Call for Media: ESA Director General’s press breakfast 5 January 2018
Call for Media: ESA Director General’s press breakfast 5 January 2018 On Wednesday, 17 January, ESA Director General Jan Wörner will meet the media at ESA’s headquarters in Paris.
BepiColombo gets green light for launch site09 March 2018
BepiColombo gets green light for launch site09 March 2018 Europe’s first mission to Mercury will soon be ready for shipping to the spaceport to begin final preparations for launch.
Full house for EDRS13 March 2018
Full house for EDRS13 March 2018 The EDRS–SpaceDataHighway has now begun regularly relaying Earth images from Sentinel-2A, which marks the last of four Copernicus satellites in orbit being brought under the EDRS service.
World-first firing of air-breathing electric thruster05 March 2018 In a world-first, an ESA-led team has built and fired an electric thruster to ingest scarce air molecules from the top of the atmosphere for propellant, opening the way to satellites flying in very low orbits for years on end.
Surfing complete21 February 2018
Surfing complete21 February 2018 Slowed by skimming through the very top of the upper atmosphere, ESA’s ExoMars has lowered itself into a planet-hugging orbit and is about ready to begin sniffing the Red Planet for methane.
Croatia signs Cooperation Agreement 19 February 2018
Croatia signs Cooperation Agreement 19 February 2018 The Republic of Croatia signed a Cooperation Agreement with ESA on 19 February 2018. This agreement will allow Croatia and ESA to create the framework for a more intensive and concrete cooperation related to ESA programmes and activities.
Where no mission has gone before02 February 2018
Where no mission has gone before02 February 2018 Living near a star is risky business, and positioning a spacecraft near the Sun is a very good way to observe rapidly changing solar activity and deliver early warning of possibly harmful space weather. ESA is now looking at doing just that.