Dr Harry Atkinson, 1929-201815 February 2019
Dr Harry Atkinson, 1929-201815 February 2019 We are sad to learn of the passing of Dr Harry Atkinson, on 30 December 2018, aged 89. Dr Atkinson was the UK delegate to ESRO and ESA Councils from 1972, and from 1981-87 he was vice-chair and chair respectively for the ESA Council.
ESA’s 25 years of telecom: marking a milestone12 November 2018
ESA’s 25 years of telecom: marking a milestone12 November 2018 As ESA’s umbrella programme for telecom, ARTES, celebrates its 25th year, we will be examining why it was set up, how it and the European satcom environment have evolved, the opportunities and challenges that both face today, and what the future holds.
Ariane 5: the story behind the 100 launches...26 September 2018
Ariane 5: the story behind the 100 launches...26 September 2018 This week saw the 100th launch of an Ariane 5 rocket. On 25 September, Ariane 5 flight VA243 carried the two satellites Horizons 3e and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 into space.
ESA celebrates 50 years of ESRIN21 September 2018
ESA celebrates 50 years of ESRIN21 September 2018 ESRIN, ESA’s centre for Earth observation in Frascati, near Rome, is one of the agency’s main specialised centres in Europe, and its founding ceremony took place 50 years ago on 27 September 1968.
Sigmund Jähn: the first German in space23 August 2018
Sigmund Jähn: the first German in space23 August 2018 Forty years ago this week, Sigmund Jähn became the first German in space. On 26 August 1978, the then East German citizen flew as part of the Soviet Union’s Interkosmos programme on Soyuz 31 to the Russian Salyut 6 space station.
Ulf Merbold: remembering John Young (1930-2018)22 August 2018
Ulf Merbold: remembering John Young (1930-2018)22 August 2018 Early this year, NASA astronaut John Young passed away, aged 87. This loss saddened the space community around the world, including fellow space explorers, perhaps especially the ones who had flown with him in space.