Arianespace: Next stop… the stars! Arianespace successfully lofts Gaia on Soyuz

Arianespace marked another mission accomplished for science as its medium-lift Soyuz successfully launched the European Space Agency’s Gaia billion-star surveyor today from the Spaceport in French Guiana. Named for the Greek mythological Mother Goddess, Gaia is now beginning an ambitious mission to chart the largest, most precise three-dimensional map of the Milky Way galaxy. “Gaia … Dowiedz się więcej

Two generations, one goal: Arianespace to benefit from insights of seniors and the youth

Arianespace is to gain from knowledge acquired by seniors through their experience – and will increase the emphasis on hiring younger people – as the result of an agreement that ensures the perspectives and capabilities of these two age groups is available to the company. The agreement, called “Generation Contract,” promotes the sharing of views … Dowiedz się więcej

Success of the 1,812th launch of Soyuz

The 1,812th flight of a Soyuz launch vehicle was performed on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 00:53 Moscow time (21:53 Paris time on Monday, 25 November 2013). Arianespace and its Russian partners report that the Progress cargo spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit for another mission to … Dowiedz się więcej

Space insurers visit the facilities for Arianespace’s launcher family in French Guiana

The international space insurance sector was invited to French Guiana this week for an update from Arianespace, along with a first-hand look at the Spaceport’s launch facilities for its heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega vehicles. This provided an opportunity to underscore Arianespace’s excellent launcher family mission success rate – providing high reliability … Dowiedz się więcej

Europe’s fifth ATV for launch by Arianespace begins its pre-flight checkout at the Spaceport

The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) “Georges Lemaître” has begun preflight checkout in the Spaceport’s clean room facilities, following its arrival in French Guiana for a scheduled Ariane 5 flight next year. As the fifth and final ATV to be launched by Arianespace under current arrangements with the European Space Agency, this spacecraft’s Integrated Cargo Carrier … Dowiedz się więcej

Gaia “opens up” at the Spaceport in preparation for Arianespace’s next Soyuz launch

Arianespace’s payload for the Soyuz VS06 mission in November is now ready to take in some sun on its upcoming deep-space trip, as the completed sunshield for Europe’s billion-star surveyor – Gaia – has been opened and validated for the final time at the Spaceport in French Guiana. During activity in the Spaceport’s S1B clean … Dowiedz się więcej