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N° 8–2019

Luca Parmitano returns to the International Space Station

21 July 2019

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has arrived at the International Space Station on his ‘Beyond’ mission, marking the start of Expedition 60.

N° 7–2019

Vega Flight VV15 failure: Arianespace and ESA appoint an independent inquiry commission

11 July 2019

Arianespace announced today, 11 July, 2019, the failure of Flight VV15 carrying the FalconEye1 satellite. This was the first Vega failure after 14 successful launches in a row since being introduced at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana in 2012.


N° 6–2019

Call for media: ESA at the International Paris Air Show 2019

12 June 2019

The 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget will open its doors on Monday, 17 June 2019 and run until Sunday, 23 June. ESA will present its programmes in an innovative digital exhibition located, as in the past, between two full-scale models of the Ariane 1 and Ariane 5 launchers near the permanent Air and Space Museum.

N° 5–2019

Call for media: EU-ESA Space Council

27 May 2019

The meeting of the 9th EU-ESA Space Council will take place between 11:15 and 13:00 on Tuesday 28 May 2019, debating the theme ‘Space as an enabler’. Members of the media are invited to attend a press conference at 13:15 at the LEX Building in Brussels, where Spain’s Minister for Science, Innovation and Universities Pedro Duque and Nicolae Hurduc, Minister for Research and Innovation of Romania will speak.

The press conference will also be streamed online on the EU’s website. ESA Director General Jan Wörner will be available for comment following the presentation by the ministers of their conclusion of the Space Council.

The Space Council was established to coordinate and facilitate cooperative activities between the European Community and ESA through their Framework Agreement, which was adopted in 2003 and entered into force in May 2004. ESA and the EU signed their ‘Joint Statement on Shared Vision and Goals for the Future of European Space’ in 2016.

The meeting takes place on the margins of the EU Competitiveness Council, where ministers will also have a policy debate on the EU’s role in global space policy.