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ESA: Stepping up Vega launcher production

Such is the success of Europe’s Vega small launcher that an order was signed today in Rome for the production of ten more vehicles. These will be launched over three years from the end of 2015. The contract was signed by Stéphane Israel, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, and Pierluigi Pirrelli, CEO of European Launch […]

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ESA: Happy birthday, Space Station

The International Space Station celebrates its birthday today, 15 years after the first module was launched in 1998. Zarya and Unity The Space Station is the largest cooperative project ever carried out in science, involving NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, the Canadian Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. On 20 November 1998 a Russian Proton […]

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Ariane 6 moves to next stage of development

The preliminary requirements for Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 launcher have been agreed and the project is set to move on to the next stage. In November 2012, the ESA Council at Ministerial level, meeting in Naples, Italy, approved the start of preparatory activities for Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 launch vehicle. The objective of Ariane 6 […]

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Esa astronaut Luca Parmitano lands safely back on earth

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, Russian commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg returned to Earth today, landing in the Kazakhstan steppe. Their return flight, landing at 02:49 GMT (03:49 CET), was in the same Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft that flew them to the International Space Station on 29 May. Luca and Karen will now travel […]

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ESA: Galileo put to the test

Europe’s next pair of Galileo satellites have been the focus of a busy autumn at ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands, continuing a full-scale campaign to ensure their readiness for space. With the first four Galileos already in orbit, these new versions are the first two of a total 22 ‘Full Operational Capability’ satellites being […]

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ESA: ATV-4 – all good missions must come to an end

ESA’s supply and support ferry ATV Albert Einstein has served the International Space Station faithfully since it was launched from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana in June. Its mission comes to an end next week when it undocks on Monday and enters Earth’s atmosphere five days later. Albert Einstein is the fourth in the series […]