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N° 1–2001: Main Press and Communication activities for 2001 - Rev. 1 - 22.01.2001

3 January 2001

In 2001 ESA is scheduled to be involved in a series of international events. These are the major ones that can be already pencilled in your agenda.


15/01- Paris, France- ESA Head Office: ESA Director General Antonio Rodotà meets the press

10/01 - Kourou, French Guiana - Europe's Spaceport: Ariane 4 launch (Flight 137).

Payload : Eurasiasat 1


Tbc - Cape Canaveral, Florida: Launch of Space Shuttle mission STS-98, launch of Destiny module for the International Space Station

01/02 - ESTEC Noordwijk, the Netherlands: Envisat press day

01-02/02 - ESRIN, Frascati, Italy : European Parliamentary & Industrial Space Conference

07/02 - Kourou, French Guiana - Europe's Spaceport: Ariane 4 launch (Flight 139). Payload: SICRAL and SKYNET 4F

16/02 - ESA HQ, Paris, France: Cluster press conference; first scientific results

tbc - Rome, Italy: EGNOS Multiuser Conference

27/02-01/03 - ESRIN, Frascati, Italy: A European Perspective on Disaster Management (conference)


02/03 - Kourou, French Guiana - Europe's Spaceport: Ariane 5 launch (Flight 140). Payload: EUROBIRD and BSAT 2A

08-10/03 - 1st Convention of Lunar Explorers, Paris, France

13/03 - ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands: press event on Technology Transfer

19-21/03 - ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany: Space Debris Conference

tbc - EGNOS demonstration with German, Austrian and Swiss Alpine Clubs


11-13/04 - Moscow, Russia: International Space Forum; the 40th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight

19/04 (tbc) - Cape Canaveral, Florida: Launch of Space Shuttle mission STS-100 to the International Space Station with ESA astronaut Umberto Guidoni (I) on board

23-28/04 - Hanover, Germany: Hanover Fair, ESA stand on Technology Transfer Programme


08-11/05 - Seville, Spain: GNSS 2001 Workshop

9-10/05 - ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands: Industry Space Days

21-24/05- ESRIN, Frascati, Italy : First European Workshop on EXO/Astrobiology

tbc - Bordeaux, France: 30th Parabolic Flight Campaign

tbc - France and United Kingdom: Mars Express industry press briefings

tbc - ESRIN, Frascati, Italy: European Science Week: open day at various Italian scientific institutes


05-07/06 - Berlin, Germany: ISS Forum 2001; Global International Space Station Utilisation Conference

11/06 - Palermo, Italy: Conference on asteroids

17-23/06 - Le Bourget, France: Paris Air Show, Joint ESA/CNES pavilion

20-23/06 - Bilbao, Spain: Information for Transport System Congress

tbc - Kourou, French Guiana - Europe's Spaceport: Artemis launch on Ariane 5


16-27/07 - Bordeaux, France: 4th Student Parabolic Flight Campaign

tbc - Kourou, French Guiana: Envisat launch (Ariane 5)


Tbc - Cape Canaveral, Florida: STS-107, Space Shuttle mission with European microgravity facilities on board


01-05/10 - Toulouse, France: International Astronautical Federation Congress (IAF). Including participation of ESA's student outreach programme

20/10 - Arrival of NASA's Mars 2001 mission

tbc - Baikonur, Kazakstan: Soyuz mission to the International Space Station with ESA astronaut Claudie André-Deshays (F) on board

25/10-01/11 - Düsseldorf, Germany: K2001 (the world's largest fair for plastics and rubber): "Plastics in space technology and their spin-offs"

26-29/10 - Granada, Spain: Earth Explorer Workshop

tbc - Bordeaux, France: 31st Parabolic Flight Campaign

tbc - Uccle, Belgium: European Science Week - open days at various Belgian scientific institutes


11-17/11 - CERN, Geneva, Switzerland: "Life in the Universe" (joint ESA/CERN/ESO activity for youngsters in the context of the EU Week for Science and Technology)

14/15 tbc - Edinburgh, United Kingdom: ESA Council meeting at ministerial level

tbc - New Norcia, Australia : Inauguration of the Deep Space Antenna ground station

tbc - Cape Canaveral, Florida: Space Shuttle mission SM3B, Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission

18-22/11 - Australia: "Alpha Centauri", solar-powered car race for university students


Dates of certain events, especially those of launches, depend on various factors such as readiness of the spacecraft and/or launcher, and thus remain t.b.c. (to be confirmed) for some time. All Ariane launch dates are provisional; definite dates will be confirmed by Arianespace.

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