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Arianespace Soyuz ST-A launches Sentinel-1A mission


Arianespace launched a Soyuz ST-A rocket on a mission to loft the Sentinel-1A mission into orbit from the European Spaceport “Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG)” in Kourou, French Guiana. Launch…

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ESA involved in effort to improve the eyesight of spacecraft


The European Space Agency (ESA) will test new rendezvous sensors on their next Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The Laser InfraRed Imaging Sensors (LIRIS)…

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Ariane 5 ECA lofts Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A


Arianespace lofted another two more satellites into orbit – namely Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A - via their Ariane 5 ECA rocket on Saturday. Launch from the European Spaceport…

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Atlas V to launch Europe’s next-generation sun explorer in 2017


United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V has been selected as the rocket of choice by NASA’s Launch Service Program to loft a next-generation sun explorer called Solar Orbiter.  The first…

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ESA and CNES fire up POD-X to investigate solid motor oscillations


ESA’s Future Launchers Preparatory Program and France’s CNES space agency have test fired the Pressure Oscillation Demonstrator eXperimental (POD-X) motor at the French military procurement agency test site. The test…

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Ariane 5 ECA launches with ABS-2 and Athena-Fidus


Arianespace launched another two satellites into orbit – namely ABS-2 and Athena-Fidus - via their Ariane 5 ECA rocket on Thursday. Launch from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana…

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ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft stirred from its long hibernation


ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has awoken from its 957 days in slumber on Monday, ahead of its mission to rendezvous with the Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet in August. The spacecraft awakening was…

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Gaia arrives at its destination – Lagrange points hold future possibilities


Europe’s galactic survey spacecraft, Gaia, recently arrived at its deep space location, ahead of conducting its primary mission of observing one billion stars. Gaia is now in a location…

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Soyuz ST-B successfully launches Gaia space observatory


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B rocket successfully launched the impressive Gaia space observatory from the Kourou Spaceport in French Guiana on Thursday. The launch – occurring on schedule at…

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Russian Rockot successfully launches Swarm trio for ESA


A Russian Rockot (Rokot) launch vehicle has lofted three identical satellites for the European Space Agency (ESA) on Friday. Launch of the three Swarm spacecraft took place at…

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European duo heading for fiery farewells


Two European spacecraft are currently enjoying their final moments high above the planet, as they continue their descent towards a fiery re-entry. ATV-4 – which recently undocked from…

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ATV-4 bids farewell to ISS following flawless mission


Europe’s ATV-4 cargo vehicle has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday morning at 08:55 GMT, completing a flawless mission ahead of its destructive re-entry. The…

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GOCE mission set to end its life with destructive reentry


ESA’s Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer – GOCE – mission will soon come to a conclusion, following the spacecraft’s depletion of its fuel supplies. Launched in 2009…

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Ariane 5 launches with 25B/Es’hail-1 and GSAT-7


Arianespace have launched another two satellites into orbit – namely 25B/Es’hail-1 and GSAT-7 – via their Ariane 5 ECA rocket on Thursday. Launch from the European Spaceport in…

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Ariane 5 ECA successfully deploys Alphasat and Insat-3D


Arianespace have launched another two satellites - Alphasat and Insat-3D – via their Ariane 5 ECA rocket. Launch from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana was on schedule…

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Soyuz ST-B launches with four O3b satellites


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B rocket successfully launched four O3B satellites from the Kourou Spaceport in French Guiana on Tuesday. The launch – the second Soyuz to lift-off in…

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ATV-4 docks to ISS following ten-day free-flight


Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4) “Albert Einstein” spacecraft successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday at 2:07 PM GMT, following a ten-day period of free-flight….

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Europe’s ATV heavy hauler launches on penultimate trip to ISS


The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4) spacecraft launched toward the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday at 9:52:11 PM GMT, atop an Ariane V booster…

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NASA looks to Kourou for SLS ground ops streamlining ideas


As development of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket continues, NASA is looking to its international partners for inspiration and lessons learned. Specifically, the agency sent a team…

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UK’s Major Peake delighted by historic ISS assignment


British astronaut Major Timothy Peake is to become the first British government-sponsored astronaut to fly on the International Space Station (ISS), following his assignment to a long-duration mission…