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Philae wins battle to send key data ahead battery depletion


ESA’s Philae lander battled against the odds on Friday, transmitting key scientific data before its batteries were depleted. Due to the unplanned location – following a couple of…

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Ariane 5 launches with Optus 10 and MEASAT-3b


An Ariane 5 ECA has successfully launched two telecommunication satellites on Thursday. Optus 10 and MEASAT-3b both rode uphill on the Arianespace workhorse out of the European Spaceport in Kourou,…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B in troubling Galileo launch


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B launched two Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Friday. However, the lofting of the two FOC-M1 (FM01 and FM02) satellites –…

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Europe’s ATV-5 completes docking swansong with the ISS


The European Space Agency (ESA) ATV-5 has completed her final ever docking to the International Space Station (ISS). The “Georges Lemaître” is conducting an essential cargo run to…

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Rosetta completes amazing journey to Comet 67P


The European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft Rosetta – and her robotic lander companion Philae – have completed an amazing 10 year journey to arrive in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta…

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Ariane 5 launches ATV-5 en route to the ISS


Europe’s ATV-5 cargo ship has set sail on a 14 day journey to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. The final ATV mission began when the vehicle’s…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B successfully launches four O3b satellites


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B successfully lofted four O3b satellites from the Kourou Spaceport in French Guiana on Thursday – following launch at 18:55 GMT. This mission was part…

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ESA’s experimental space plane gearing up for November debut


The European Space Agency (ESA) Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is enjoying a stay in Holland ahead of being shipped to Kourou, French Guiana to meet up with her Vega launch…

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Arianespace’s Vega successfully lofts DZZ-HR satellite


Arianespace launched the third Vega mission at the second attempt, completing a mission tasked with lofting Kazakhstan’s DZZ-HR Earth observation satellite, also known by the name KazEOSat-1, into a Sun-synchronous…

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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…