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N° 26–2019: Call for Media: Director General’s Annual Press Conference

19 December 2019

ESA invites media to a start of year press conference laying out plans for the new budget committed to by Member States at Space19+ and looking ahead at 2020. ESA Director General Jan Wörner and ESA Directors will meet the media at the ESA headquarters in Paris on the morning of Wednesday, 15 January 2020.

In 2020, we are looking forward to the launches of Solar Orbiter and ExoMars 2020, key missions in Science and Exploration, as well as Sentinel-6A, and the return to flight of Vega. We will welcome back Luca Parmitano from his Beyond mission, and continue to prepare for future exploration in low Earth orbit and at the lunar Gateway. Our new Space Safety and Security programme will be of vital importance as we monitor and mitigate threats in space and from space. The new funding promised at Space19+ will open up Enabling and Support activities such as innovative technologies following up ideas from our open innovation platform and renewing our technology infrastructure including improving laboratories and digitalisation. Space19+ also reinforced our belief that climate change and environmental monitoring are of paramount importance to our Member States, and we will work to ensure our decision makers have the best possible data. Other space applications are becoming more important by the day such as satellite for 5G and the Internet of Things, as well as new navigation applications, and downstream use of space data to improve life on Earth.

Programme (times in CET)

 

09:00   Doors open

09:30   Introductory remarks reflecting on Space19+, the ESA Council at Ministerial Level held in Seville, Spain, in November 2019, followed by key themes and events for the coming year. The floor will then be opened for an interactive question-and-answer session with the ESA Director General and Programme Directors.

11:00    End

Accreditation

 

The press conference will take place at ESA headquarters: 24 rue du Général Bertrand, 75015 Paris, France.

Please register online at: https://www.esa.int/Contact/mediaregistration by 12 January 2020.

The press conference will be streamed at esawebtv.esa.int

Upcoming events are posted on the launch calendar and events calendar.

Multimedia

 

Solar Orbiter

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/11/RocketShip_arrival_at_Port_Canaveral

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/11/Solar_Orbiter_unpacking

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/11/Solar_Orbiter_launch_campaign_begins

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/11/Solar_Orbiter_launch_campaign_begins2

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/10/Solar_Orbiter_at_IABG4

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/10/Missions_to_the_Sun

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/10/Solar_Orbiter_instruments

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/12/Solar_Orbiter_separation_from_launcher

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/12/Solar_Orbiter_solar_array_deployment

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/12/Solar_Orbiter_boom_and_antenna_deployments

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/12/Solar_Orbiter_Venus_flyby

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/12/Solar_Orbiter_facing_the_Sun

ExoMars

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/08/PanCam_mast_fitted_to_ExoMars_rover2

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/08/ExoMars_rover_drill_unit_rotation

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/09/ExoMars_descent_module_and_lander_platform

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/10/ExoMars_Carrier_and_Descent_Module3

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/10/ESA_rovers_including_ExoMars_Rosalind_Franklin_at_the_Design_Museum_in_London

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/11/Key_methane_measurements_at_Mars

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/10/ExoMars_progress_update

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/09/Fly_over_the_ExoMars_2020_landing_site

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/08/ExoMars_Protection_for_life_on_Mars

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/08/ExoMars_Moving_on_Mars

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/05/From_Mars_to_Earth

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/05/ExoMars_rover_science_laboratory_fitted

Sentinel 6

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/11/Copernicus_Sentinel-6_on_display

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/11/Sentinel-6A_integration_at_IABG

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/09/Copernicus_Sentinel-6A_ready_for_testing

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2019/04/Copernicus_Sentinel-6_with_radiometer

Luca Parmitano

http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Search?SearchText=Luca+Parmitano&result_type=images

https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/11/Replay_of_first_SpacewalkForAMS

https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/12/Nobel_Prize_laureates_call_to_Space_Station

https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2019/10/Luca_Parmitano_takes_command

 

Terms and conditions for using ESA images:

www.esa.int/spaceinimages/ESA_Multimedia/Copyright_Notice_Images

 

For questions or more information related to ESA images, please contact directly spaceinimages@esa.int.

Terms and conditions for using ESA videos:
http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Terms_and_Conditions

For questions or more information related to ESA videos, please contact directly spaceinvideos@esa.int.

About the European Space Agency

 

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of which 20 are Member States of the EU. Slovenia is an Associate Member.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities. Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.

Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int

For further information:

ESA Newsroom and Media Relations – Ninja Menning

Email: media@esa.int

Tel: +31 71 56 56 409