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N° 1–1998: 1998: European Space at the forefront

5 January 1998

In 1998 ESA will be involved in a series of space activities both at European and international level. The following list highlights the main events lined up in the European space calendar for this year.


21/01 Paris, France: ESA's Director General Antonio Rodotà meets the Press at ESA Head Office.

27/1 Kourou, French Guiana: Ariane 4 launch (V105). Payload: Brasilsat B3, Inmarsat 3 F5.

28/1-1/2 Alpbach, Austria: United Nations Workshop: "The Age of Space Commercialization: evolving role of government and industries in enhancing international cooperation in space activities".

29/1 Washington, USA: Signature of International Space Station Inter Governmental Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding.


9-10/2 Vienna, Austria: COSPAR/IAF workshop on "Scientific and Technical Aspects and Applications of Space-based Meteorology" and UN Committee on the peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

t.b.d. Stockholm, Sweden: ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang at Cosmonova, public and media event.

end Kourou, French Guiana: Ariane 4 launch (V106). Payload: Hotbirtd 4.


10-13/3 Brighton, United Kingdom: Oceanology International '98: "The Global Ocean", exhibition & congress. . 2nd half Kourou, French Guiana: Ariane 4 launch (V107). Payload: Spot 4.

31/3 Rome, Italy: Artemis telecommunication satellite delivered to ESA. Joint ESA/ASI/Alenia Aerospazio press event. end Bordeaux, France: Automatic Reentry Demonstrator delivery to ESA. Joint ESA/Aerospatiale event. April:

1-5/04 Rome, Italy: ?Rassegna Internazionale di Elettronica, Spazio, Energia.?, ESA exhibition.

2-18/04 Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA: Space shuttle flight (Mission STS-90). Last Spacelab mission, with ESA?s Neurolab.

mid Transinne, Belgium: IAF Space and Education seminar. 2nd half Kourou, French Guiana: Ariane 4 launch (V108). Payload: Insat 2E and Nilsat 1.


t.b.c. Noordwijk, the Netherlands: Testing of Meteosat Second Generation structural model at ESA/ESTEC. Media day.

18-24/05 Berlin, Germany: ILA ?98, space exhibition.

23/05 Dublin, Ireland: European Space Days, space exhibition. : 2nd half Friedrichshafen, Germany: Cluster II presentation. Joint press event with Daimler Benz Aerospace (Dornier).

end (t.b.c.) Kourou, French Guiana: Third launch of Ariane 5 (A503). Payload: Automatic Reentry Demonstrator (ARD) and t.b.d. commercial payload.


8-12/6 Tromso, Norway: 27th International Symposium on Remote Sensing and Environment.

20/06 (t.b.c.) Noordwijk, the Netherlands: European Press event at ESA/ESTEC to follow the First International Space Station element assembly flight from Baikonour, Kazachstan.

23-24/6 Brussells, Belgium: (t.b.c.) ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level.


mid Rome, Italy: "Oltre il Cielo", space/astronomy exhibition. 21-30/07 Alpbach, Austria: Summer school: "Our solid and liquid planet".


17-21/8 Lisbon, Portugal: Conference "Towards Sustainable use of the oceans and Coastal Areas".

t.b.d. Kourou, French Guiana: Ariane 4 launch (V112). Payload: Skynet.


7-13/9 Farnborough, United Kingdom. Farnborough '98 exhibition.

28/09-2/10 Melbourne, Australia: 49th IAF (International astronautical Federation) Congress.


19-23/10 Brussels/Transinne, Belgium: Association of Space Explorers, congress "Space and Education- Message to the youth".

t.b.d. Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA: Space Shuttle flight STS-95 with ESA astronaut Pedro Duque on board and ESA payload.

t.b.d. Noordwijk, the Netherlands: Testing of Polar Platform/Envisat flight unit. Media day at ESA/ESTEC.


End Darmstadt, Germany: XMM Ground segment presentation. Media day at ESA/ESOC.

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