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N° 34–2018

Call for Media: End of mission and return of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst

05 December 2018

ESA astronaut and current commander of the International Space Station (ISS), Alexander Gerst, is expected to return to Earth with a Soyuz capsule on Thursday, 20 December 2018, landing at 11:03 local time (06:03 CET). Along with Alexander will be NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev.

N° 33–2018

Europe’s third polar-orbiting weather satellite lofted into orbit

07 November 2018

The third MetOp satellite, MetOp-C, has been launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to continue the provision of data for weather forecasting from polar orbit.

N° 32–2018

Call for media: The ESA Earth Observation Φ-week

06 November 2018

Media are invited to the Φ-week, a five-day international event organised by ESA on innovation and its applications to Earth observation and other space domains, to be hosted at its Earth observation centre in Frascati, Italy, from 12-16 November 2018.

N° 31–2018

Call for media: launch of MetOp-C – European meteorological satellite

30 October 2018

Media representatives are invited to Eumetsat in Germany on 6 November to follow the launch of Europe’s third polar-orbiting weather satellite, MetOp-C.

N° 30–2018

Call for media: The European Service Module meets Orion

26 October 2018

Media are invited to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in the US on 16 November for an event marking the arrival of the first European Service Module – the powerhouse that will supply NASA’s Orion spacecraft with electricity, propulsion, thermal control, air and water.

N° 29–2018

Ministers endorse vision for the future of Europe in space

25 October 2018

Chaired by the Spanish Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, ESA’s Ministers in charge of space activities today successfully concluded an Intermediate Ministerial Meeting (IMM18) at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain. The Intermediate Ministerial Meeting is a milestone on the road to ‘Space19+’, ESA’s next Council at ministerial level which will be held in November 2019 in Seville, Spain.

N° 28–2018

BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries

20 October 2018

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury blasted off on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT (03:45:28 CEST) on 20 October on its exciting mission to study the mysteries of the Solar System’s innermost planet.

N° 27–2018

Call for Media: Intermediate Ministerial Meeting convenes in Madrid, Spain

17 October 2018

ESA’s Ministers in charge of space activities will convene at an Intermediate Ministerial Meeting (IMM18) at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain on 25 October 2018.

N° 26–2018

Call for media: Space for Inspiration conference

15 October 2018

Media are invited to the second edition of ‘Space for Inspiration’, an international conference organised by the European Space Agency for everyone curious about space exploration and why it matters. The event takes place in Bilbao, Spain, 29–31 October, and focuses on how space can be a powerful instrument for positive change and new businesses on planet Earth. This year’s theme ­is ‘Living in our Universe’.

N° 25–2018

Press release from Eurospace and ESA

10 October 2018

Yesterday at ESTEC, Noordwijk, the European Space Agency has hosted the sixth edition of the High-Level Forum with Industry, at the presence of high-level representatives of the European space institutional and industrial communities.

N° 24–2018

Call for Media: BepiColombo launch to Mercury

08 October 2018

The BepiColombo mission to Mercury is scheduled to launch aboard an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 01:45 GMT (03:45 CEST) on 20 October 2018. Representatives of traditional and social media are invited to apply for accreditation to follow the launch live from ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

N° 23–2018

Call for Media: ESA at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen

28 September 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) will be present at the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place between Monday 1 October and Friday 5 October 2018 at the Exhibition and Conference Centre in Bremen. The theme of this year’s congress is ‘Involving Everyone’.

N° 22–2018

Call for Media: ESA’s Lagrange mission at New Scientist Live

14 September 2018

ESA will be taking part in this year’s New Scientist Live event in London from Thursday 20 September until Sunday 23 September with anESA exhibition stand in the Cosmos area.

N° 21–2018

ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite launched

22 August 2018

ESA’s Earth Explorer Aeolus satellite has been launched into polar orbit on a Vega rocket. Using revolutionary laser technology, Aeolus will measure winds around the globe and play a key role in our quest to better understand the workings of our atmosphere. Importantly, this novel mission will also improve weather forecasting.

N° 20–2018

Call for Media: Aeolus launch event

10 August 2018

ESA’s Aeolus mission, which will use revolutionary laser technology to measure winds around the globe, is set for launch on 21 August from Europe’s Spaceport at Kourou in French Guiana. Media representatives are invited to the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, to follow the launch of this latest Earth Explorer satellite.

N° 19–2018

New satellite launch extends Galileo’s global reach

25 July 2018

Four more Galileo satellites were launched today by an Ariane 5. Their arrival in orbit brings the Galileo constellation to 26 satellites, extending the global coverage of the constellation. Ariane 5 flight VA244, operated by Arianespace under contract to ESA, lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 11:25 GMT (13:25 CEST, 08:25 local time), carrying Galileo satellites 23–26. The first pair of 715 kg satellites was released almost 3 hours 36 minutes after liftoff, while the second pair separated 20 minutes later.

N° 18–2018

Call for Media: Galileo 23-26 close to launch

17 July 2018

The last four Galileo satellites of the second FOC (Full Operational Capability) batch are scheduled for launch on 25 July at 11:25 GMT (13:25 CEST, 08:25 local time) from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket, designated Flight VA244 by Arianespace.

N° 17–2018

Focus on the future of space transportation: ESA’s call for ideas

16 July 2018

ESA is calling for ideas that will shape the future of space transportation services – to space, in space and returning from space.

N° 16–2018

EIB and ESA to cooperate on increasing investments in the European Space Sector

10 July 2018

Today Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), welcomed Jan Wörner, Director General of ESA, to sign a Joint Statement on behalf of the two organisations.

N° 15–2018

Call for Media: ESA invites for media interactive talks at Farnborough

02 July 2018

ESA and its partners the UK Space Agency and UK space industry will host a series of media interactive talks on Tuesday 17 July during the Farnborough International Airshow.  These will take place in the Space Zone, Hall 1, in the events area of a joint exhibition stand.  

N° 14–2018

Second Space Station mission for Alexander Gerst begins

08 June 2018

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst arrived at the International Space Station this morning together with NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev, marking the start of Alexander’s Horizons mission.

N° 13–2018

The European Space Agency welcomes European Commission's proposal on space activities

06 June 2018

In its Press Release published today, the European Commission proposes a long-term EU Budget 2021–27 devoting €16 billion for space activities.

N° 12–2018

Call for media: 20th anniversary of the Baveno Manifesto, 20-21 June 2018

30 May 2018

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the signature of the Baveno Manifesto, a special event has been organised by the European Commission in partnership with ESA and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research.

N° 11–2018

Call for media: follow the launch of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst

22 May 2018

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will be launched into space on 6 June at 11:12 GMT (13:12 CEST) alongside Roscosmos commanderSergei Prokopyev and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor.

N° 10–2018

Call for Media: Last look at ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite

17 May 2018

Carrying novel laser technology to measure winds around the globe, ESA’s Aeolus satellite will soon be shipped to French Guiana for liftoff. This is the first time that UV laser technology will be used for such spaceborne measurements. Before it is packed up, media representatives are invited to see this extraordinary satellite in the cleanroom at Airbus Defence and Space’s facilities in Toulouse, France, on 5 June 2018.

N° 9–2018

Call for media: Meet Europe’s exoplanet satellite Cheops

13 May 2018

Media are invited to join experts of the Characterising Exoplanets Satellite, Cheops, at Airbus Defence and Space in Madrid, Spain, for a unique opportunity to visit the spacecraft in the clean room on 22 May.

N° 8–2018

Seventh Sentinel satellite launched for Copernicus

25 April 2018

The second Sentinel-3 satellite, Copernicus Sentinel-3B, was launched today, joining its identical twin Sentinel-3A in orbit. This pairing of satellites increases coverage and data delivery for the European Union’s Copernicus environment programme.

N° 7–2018

Call for Media: ESA at ILA Berlin Air and Space Show

18 April 2018

The European Space Agency will be present at the ILA international air and space show that takes place on 25-29 April at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport, Germany.

N° 6–2018

Call for Media: Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite launch event

18 April 2018

Completing the constellation of the first set of Sentinel missions, the launch of Sentinel-3B marks an important milestone for Europe’s Copernicus programme led by the European Commission. With the satellite scheduled to liftoff from Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome on 25 April at 17:57 GMT (19:57 CEST), media representatives are invited to follow this landmark event at the ILA Berlin Air Show or at ESA’s Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

N° 5–2018

Call for Media: News conference with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst

02 April 2018

Media are invited to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany on 17 April for ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s last news conference in Europe before his second launch into space.

N° 4–2018

Action plan approved for next Ariane 5 launches

02 March 2018

After the release of the conclusions of the Ariane VA241 Independent Enquiry Commission on 22 February, the findings and recommendations were formally presented to a Steering Board on 28 February. The board included Daniel Neuenschwander, ESA Director of Space Transportation; Stéphane Israël, Arianespace CEO; and Alain Charmeau, ArianeGroup CEO.

N° 3–2018

Call for Media: Tour of the first ‘chameleon’ satellite

16 February 2018

Media are invited to a guided tour in the Portsmouth cleanrooms of Airbus in the company of ESA astronaut Tim Peake, on Monday 26 February to see Eutelsat Quantum, a pioneering mission in space telecommunications.

N° 2–2018

Call for Media: Columbus and ATV 10th anniversary

28 January 2018

Media are invited to ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands on 7 February for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Columbus laboratory and the launch of the first Automated Transfer Vehicle.

N° 1–2018

Call for Media: ESA Director General’s press breakfast

05 January 2018

On Wednesday, 17 January, ESA Director General Jan Wörner will meet the media at ESA’s headquarters in Paris.