Posts Tagged ‘ESA’

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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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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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Dream Chaser’s European deal points to multi-role ambitions


The new European allies of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser have officially announced “cooperative understandings” that not only combine a transatlantic engineering boost for the baby orbiter, but may…

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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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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…

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Europe’s ATV-4 prepares for launch amid contributions to future exploration


Europe’s latest space freighter, the Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4), is currently undergoing preparations for a realigned launch date following the replacement of a faulty unit inside the spacecraft….

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ESA and Roscosmos sign ExoMars deal following NASA refocus


The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, have announced their partnership on the ExoMars programme. The deal will result in two major Mars…

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Orion’s ATV Service Module deal may allow ESA astro on EM-2 mission


As was expected, NASA and ESA managers announced the European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) will live on as the bulk of the Orion Service Module. With an emphasis…

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UK steps up, as ESA commit to ATV Service Module on NASA’s Orion


The European Space Agency (ESA) have announced they will inform NASA they are ready to build an ATV derived Service Module for Orion, to be ready for the…

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Soyuz 2-1A launches with Metop-B for Europe


A Russian Soyuz 2-1A launch vehicle has launched with the Metop-B satellite into orbit for the European Space Agency (ESA) and EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological…

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Ariane 5 ECA launches with MSG-3 and EchoStar XVII


Arianespace have launched their Ariane 5 ECA on a mission to loft two satellites into orbit – namely Meteosat Second Generation-3 (MSG-3) and EchoStar XVII. Launch from the…

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ESA sign big money deal with Astrium UK for Solar Orbiter


On the 50th anniversary of Britain’s first journey into space, the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a 300 million Euro deal with Astrium UK – one of…

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Europe’s ATV-3 spacecraft set to deliver large cargo load to ISS


Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 (ATV-3) spacecraft is all set to deliver a large load of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), providing a welcome boost of crew…

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NASA managers “serious” about ATV role as Orion Service Module


Orion managers are becoming more interested in the idea of the European Space Agency (ESA) taking over a role in NASA’s exploration future. Adhering to the international cooperation…