New antenna ready for business12 February 2016
New antenna ready for business12 February 2016 ESA inaugurated a new tracking dish in Australia yesterday, marking a significant step in the Agency’s worldwide satcom network.
Sentinel-3A poised for liftoff12 February 2016
Sentinel-3A poised for liftoff12 February 2016 With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite for Copernicus is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled the day before the launch – set for 16 February at 17:57 GMT (18:57 CET).
Mission teams prepare for critical days05 February 2016
Mission teams prepare for critical days05 February 2016 Moments after Sentinel-3A separates from its rocket, a team of European mission control specialists will assume control, shepherding the new spacecraft through its critical first days in space.
LISA Pathfinder arrives at its worksite22 January 2016
LISA Pathfinder arrives at its worksite22 January 2016 After a six-week journey, LISA Pathfinder arrived at its destination today, an orbit around a point of balance in space where it will soon start testing technologies crucial for exploring the gravitational Universe.
Step aside, humans19 January 2016
Step aside, humans19 January 2016 Satellites are carrying increasingly diverse payloads into orbit, and resolving their often-conflicting onboard schedules requires programming wizardry and a little help from artificial intelligence.
Auld lang tracking syne15 January 2016
Auld lang tracking syne15 January 2016 After 30 years of working on dozens of missions, an ESA antenna in Australia has been retired because of urban expansion and the increased risk of radio interference.