Fifth mission for Ariane 5 this year30 September 2015
Fifth mission for Ariane 5 this year30 September 2015 This evening an Ariane 5 delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits after lifting off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
SMOS meets ocean monsters30 September 2015
SMOS meets ocean monsters30 September 2015 ESA’s SMOS and two other satellites are together providing insight into how surface winds evolve under tropical storm clouds in the Pacific Ocean. This new information could to help predict extreme weather at sea.
How Rosetta’s comet got its shape28 September 2015
How Rosetta’s comet got its shape28 September 2015 Two comets collided at low speed in the early Solar System to give rise to the distinctive ‘rubber duck’ shape of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, say Rosetta scientists.
Space for safer cars 25 September 2015
Space for safer cars 25 September 2015 A spacecraft tool is now improving car safety by stress-testing many of the internal computer systems to be sure they work well when the car is on the road.
Galileo satellites handed over to operator25 September 2015
Galileo satellites handed over to operator25 September 2015 Europe’s latest pair of Galileo satellites has passed its initial check out in space, allowing control to be handed over to the main control centre and join the growing fleet.
Forty years of European space tracking24 September 2015
Forty years of European space tracking24 September 2015 Today, ESA celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Agency’s ground station network, the indispensable link to spacecraft that are helping us to learn about our planet, our Solar System and our Universe.
Rosetta reveals comet’s water-ice cycle23 September 2015
Rosetta reveals comet’s water-ice cycle23 September 2015 ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has provided evidence for a daily water-ice cycle on and near the surface of comets.
ExoMars 2016 targets March launch window 18 September 2015
ExoMars 2016 targets March launch window 18 September 2015 A problem recently discovered in two sensors in the propulsion system of the entry, descent and landing demonstrator module has prompted the recommendation to move the launch of the ExoMars 2016 mission, initially foreseen in January, to March, still...
Big Iron gets technology boost17 September 2015
Big Iron gets technology boost17 September 2015 ESA deploys ‘big iron’ to communicate with its deep-space missions: three 35 m-diameter dishes employing some of the world’s most advanced tracking technology. And it’s about to get a boost. ESA’s three Deep Space Antenna stations at New Norcia, Aust...
ESA Bulletin 162 (2nd quarter 2015)15 September 2015
ESA Bulletin 162 (2nd quarter 2015)15 September 2015 In this issue of the ESA Bulletin, you'll find some background to the recent flight of ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen, the first Danish citizen in space, and a celebration of the ESA Convention with its 40th anniversary earlier this year. Read more
Andreas Mogensen lands after a busy mission on Space Station12 September 2015
Andreas Mogensen lands after a busy mission on Space Station12 September 2015 ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen, Soyuz spacecraft commander Gennady Padalka and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov landed this morning at 00:51 GMT (02:51 CEST 12 September) in the steppe of Kazakhstan, marking the end of their missions to the Internation...
Supervising two rovers from space11 September 2015
Supervising two rovers from space11 September 2015 ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is proving to be an expert space driver after commanding two rovers from space this week. As part of ESA’s Meteron project, Andreas drove a second, car-sized rover from the International Space Station to repair a mockup...