Galileo has started its operational deployment phase22 August 2014
Galileo has started its operational deployment phase22 August 2014 The next pair of Galileo satellites, Galileo 5 and 6, has been successfully delivered into orbit today. This launch marks the start of a new phase in the European satellite navigation programme where the full constellation will be deployed with short...
New launch date for Galileo21 August 2014
New launch date for Galileo21 August 2014 Arianespace has announced the next launch attempt for Soyuz VS09 with Europe's fifth and sixth Galileo satellites is 22 August at 12:27 GMT, 14:27 CEST.
Ice sheet highs, lows and loss20 August 2014
Ice sheet highs, lows and loss20 August 2014 Measurements from ESA’s CryoSat mission have been used to map the height of the huge ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica and show how they are changing. New results reveal combined ice volume loss at an unprecedented rate of 500 cubic kil...
ESA and CNES experts ready for Galileo’s first orbits20 August 2014
ESA and CNES experts ready for Galileo’s first orbits20 August 2014 Lift-off for Galileo satellites 5 and 6 is set for Thursday, 21 August, at 12:31 GMT (14:31 CEST) on a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana. Just 9 minutes and 23 seconds later, the Fregat upper stage carrying the payload will sep...
Twin Galileos meet, ready for Thursday’s launch18 August 2014
Twin Galileos meet, ready for Thursday’s launch18 August 2014 Final functional testing of Europe’s twin Galileo navigation satellites has been completed at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on track for launch this Thursday.
ATV completes final automated docking12 August 2014
ATV completes final automated docking12 August 2014 In a flawless demonstration of technology and skill, ESA’s fifth and final ATV, Georges Lemaître, docked with the International Space Station today, fixing itself firmly for a six-month resupply and reboost mission.
Introducing this year’s underground astronauts11 August 2014
Introducing this year’s underground astronauts11 August 2014 Each year, ESA sends up to six astronauts down into the caves of Sardinia, Italy, for two weeks on a simulated space mission.
ESA’s cargo vessel ready for space delivery11 August 2014
ESA’s cargo vessel ready for space delivery11 August 2014 ESA’s latest Automated Transfer Vehicle is set to dock with the International Space Station on Tuesday, delivering more than six tonnes of crucial supplies and scientific experiments to the orbiting research base.
Gerst drives car-sized rover from space08 August 2014
Gerst drives car-sized rover from space08 August 2014 Looking down from orbit, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst steered ESA’s Eurobot rover through a series of intricate manoeuvres on the ground yesterday, demonstrating a new space network that could connect astronauts to vehicles on alien worlds.
Rosetta arrives at comet destination06 August 2014
Rosetta arrives at comet destination06 August 2014 After a decade-long journey chasing its target, ESA’s Rosetta has today become the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, opening a new chapter in Solar System exploration.
Rosetta takes comet’s temperature01 August 2014
Rosetta takes comet’s temperature01 August 2014 ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has made its first temperature measurements of its target comet, finding that it is too hot to be covered in ice and must instead have a dark, dusty crust.
How Rosetta arrives at a comet01 August 2014
How Rosetta arrives at a comet01 August 2014 After travelling nearly 6.4 billion kilometres through the Solar System, ESA’s Rosetta is closing in on its target. But how does a spacecraft actually arrive at a comet?