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N° 77–2001

The influence of space on design: a competition is launched

20 December 2001

As part of its ongoing efforts to generate public awareness of the importance and influence of space research and development, the European Space Agency (ESA) is holding a competition within its Member States to show how space materials and technologies can help meet basic needs of society. The idea behind the competition is that young designers should work materials in new ways to embody essential characteristics, features and properties of those used in space. This will assist in promoting the belief that European space activities are in tune with a social vision of the world and can present a more human, caring and friendly face. In addition, it will increase public understanding of design, especially in relation to space technologies, by showing how cultural, social and economic influences interact with the dimension of space.

N° 76–2001

José Achache is the new ESA Director of Earth Observation

20 December 2001

Meeting at the Agency's headquarters in Paris on 19/20 December, the ESA Council appointed José Achache, of French nationality, to the post of Director of Earth Observation, for a four-year term.

N° 75–2001

Perfect images transmitted via a laser link between Artemis and SPOT 4

06 December 2001

On 30 November, the first-ever transmission of an image by laser link from one satellite to another took place (*). The system, called SILEX, consists of the Opale terminal on Artemis and the Pastel terminal on the SPOT 4 satellite. It was designed in close cooperation between the European Space Agency (ESA), the French space agency (CNES) and manufacturer Astrium with over 20 European contractors involved. The terminals exchange high-definition imagery data at 50 megabits per second. Artemis subsequently beams the data at its leisure to the receiving station operated by Spot Image at Toulouse, using a conventional 20 GHz radio link.

N° 74–2001

Bedrest study phase 1 comes to an end: meet the scientists and volunteers

06 December 2001

In August this year ESA, CNES and NASDA started the first period of a study to validate countermeasures to cope with the demands of long-duration missions aboard the International Space Station when 14 male volunteers were confined to bed for 90 days, lying in a strict -6° head-down tilt position, the best for simulating certain effects of the weightless environment of space.

N° 73–2001

Exploring the Digital Universe with Europe's Astrophysical Virtual Observatory

05 December 2001

A new European initiative called the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (AVO) is being launched to provide astronomers with breathtaking potential for new discoveries. It will enable them to seamlessly combine data from both ground- and space-based telescopes making observations of the Universe across the whole range of wavelengths - from high-energy gamma rays through the ultraviolet and visible to the infrared and radio.

N° 72–2001

ESA Astronaut Frank De Winne to fly to the International Space Station on Soyuz

30 November 2001

ESA astronaut Frank De Winne (*), a Belgian member of the European Astronaut Corps, has been assigned to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in November 2002 on a Russian Soyuz launcher. He will be flight engineer on a "taxi flight", a 10-day mission with the main purpose of exchanging the Soyuz capsule, which is permanently docked with the Station to serve as a rescue vehicle, if needed.

N° 71–2001

ESA's Earth observation application activities certified to ISO 9001

28 November 2001

Today Antonio Rodotà, Director General of the European Space Agency, accepted the ISO 9001 Certificate from National Quality Assurance (NQA), an accredited third-party certification body, on behalf of the Earth Observation Applications Department at the ESA/ESRIN establishment in Frascati, Italy.

N° 70–2001

Astronomy helps advance medical diagnosis techniques

27 November 2001

While developing devices to capture X-rays from objects in space, scientists at the European Space Agency have designed a camera that could become a powerful new weapon in the fight against cancer.

N° 69–2001

A world first : data transmission between European satellites using laser light

22 November 2001

Last night, for the first time, a data link between satellites was established using a laser beam as signal carrier. On board ESA's Artemis satellite - launched last July by an Ariane 5 - is the SILEX system. This system provides an optical data transmission link with the CNES Earth observation satellite SPOT 4, which is orbiting the earth at an altitude of 832 km while Artemis is temporarily in a parking orbit at 31 000 km. Through the laser data link, images taken by SPOT 4 can be transmitted in real time to the image processing centre at Spot Image in Toulouse, France, via Artemis, thus drastically reducing the time between taking the picture and its delivery to the centre. This is possible whenever the two satellites are in line of sight. Without the Artemis relay the images are stored on board in SPOT 4's memory and dumped to the ground stations.

N° 68–2001

Space-based solar racing car breaks all records!

21 November 2001

The Dutch solar car Nuna, using European space technology, finished first in the World Solar Challenge, a 3010 km race right across Australia for cars powered by solar energy. Having set off from Darwin on Sunday 18 November, Nuna crossed the finish line In Adelaide on Wednesday 21 November in a record-breaking time of 32 hours and 39 minutes.

N° 67–2001

Press briefing on Ministerial Council meeting

20 November 2001

Last week the European ministers responsible for space affairs, meeting in Edinburgh, endorsed the next stages in a series of ongoing programmes and committed to new initiatives that will keep Europe at the forefront of space science and technology, Earth monitoring from space, telecommunications, satellite navigation, launchers, human spaceflight and planetary exploration.

N° 66–2001

Ariane-5 booster test firing at the Guiana Space Centre

19 November 2001

A test firing of an Ariane-5 solid rocket motor (MPS) is to take place on 20 November 2001 on the booster teststand (BEAP) at the Guiana Space Centre, Europe's spaceport in Kourou, under the Ariane-5 Research and Technology Accompaniment programme.

N° 65–2001

Space serving European citizens

15 November 2001

The ministers responsible for space affairs in the countries that make up the European Space Agency - its fifteen member states and Canada - today concluded a two-day meeting in Edinburgh of the Agency’s ruling Council by endorsing the next stages in a series of ongoing programmes and committing to new initiatives that will help keep Europe at the forefront of space science and technology, Earth monitoring from space, telecommunications, satellite navigation, launchers, human spaceflight and planetary exploration.

N° 64–2001

Space-based solar racing car on starting grid

09 November 2001

On 18 November, 43 racing cars will be jostling for position at the start of the 6th World Solar Challenge in Darwin, Australia. Among them, a slick student-built machine that profits from space technology, supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA). The Alpha Centauri team and their car Nuna are amongst the favourites.

N° 63–2001

Space Station 'taxi' flight returns ESA astronaut to Earth

31 October 2001

ESA astronaut Claudie Haigneré and her two Russian colleagues were welcomed back to Earth today (Wednesday, 31 October 2001) after successfully delivering a new 'lifeboat' to the International Space Station.

N° 62–2001

New spacecraft to preserve our planet and the environment

30 October 2001

Three hundred leading scientists in the field of climate and environmental research using Earth Observation satellites meet this week in Granada (Spain) to push forward the European Space Agency's Living Planet programme aimed at advancing our understanding of the interactions between the atmosphere, the oceans, and the land, to enable mankind to understand the Earth as an integrated system.

N° 61–2001

Earth Explorers at Granada

29 October 2001

On 30 and 31 October Granada is hosting, at the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones, the third workshop on ESA's Earth Explorer programme, to be inaugurated in the presence of Mrs Anna María Birulés y Bertrán, the Spanish Minister for Science and Technology, and Mr Antonio Rodotà, Director General of the European Space Agency.

N° 60–2001

Weightless in bed for three months. Want to volunteer?

29 October 2001

Space is the only true weightless environment. On Earth, where experiments can be performed more easily, models are designed to simulate the weightless environment as accurately as possible. Simulation models provide significant knowledge and are crucial in ongoing research. Current research aims are to gain knowledge that will protect astronauts' health while living in space for longer than 6 month.

N° 59–2001

International Space Station receives 2001 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation

26 October 2001

Today in Oviedo, Spain, the International Space Station will be honoured with the 2001 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. The Director General of the European Space Agency, Antonio Rodotà, and representatives of the other ISS partner space agencies, from the United States, Russia, Canada and Japan, will receive the award from HRH the Prince of Asturias.

N° 58–2001

European astronaut Claudie Haigneré heads for the International Space Station

21 October 2001

A Soyuz launcher carrying Claudie Haigneré, the first European woman astronaut selected for an ISS mission, and her fellow crew members lifted off successfully today, Sunday 21 October, at 10:59 CEST (08:59 GMT), from Baïkonur, Kazakhstan. Their assignment: the "Andromède" mission.

N° 57–2001

First European woman heads for International Space Station

18 October 2001

ESA's French astronaut Claudie Haigneré will become the first European woman to visit the International Space Station (ISS) after she lifts off from Baikonur on board a Russian Soyuz vehicle on Sunday 21 October at 10:58 CEST (08:58 GMT) for a ten-day space mission.

N° 56–2001

Micro-satellite will hook into Internet

17 October 2001

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will this month launch ESA's small technology satellite PROBA from India's Shriharikota launch base as a piggyback payload. The launch is scheduled for 21-31 October. The satellite will be launched into a 600 km polar orbit.

N° 55–2001

ESA Council Meeting at ministerial level: Edinburgh 14and 15 November 2001

16 October 2001

The eighth ESA Council meeting at ministerial level will take place on 14 and 15 November 2001 at theEdinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), The Exchange, Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE (Scotland).

N° 54–2001

Space comes to Edinburgh

15 October 2001

On 14 and 15 November, the city of Edinburgh will host the eighth ministerial-level meeting of the European Space Agency's Council. The ministers responsible for space activities in ESA's fifteen member states and Canada will be setting the course for Europe's space programmes for the period ahead. They will be invited to endorse the next stages of a series of ongoing programmes (Launchers, Space Science, Earth Observation, Telecommunications, Satellite Navigation, Human Spaceflight etc.), and also to commit to the start of new programmes that will keep Europe at the forefront of space activities.

N° 53–2001

Physical and life science experiments "tested" in absence of gravity

12 October 2001

On 16 October the Airbus A-300 "Zero-g" will take off from Bordeaux-Mérignac airport in France for the first of three parabolic flights designed to carry out experiments in weightlessness before they are conducted in real spaceflight.

N° 52–2001

More science on the International Space Station thanks to ESA's "glovebox"

12 October 2001

On Tuesday 16 October the European Astrium consortium will be ready to ship, from its Bremen establishment in Germany to NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, the microgravity science glovebox (MSG), one of the first ESA elements conducting science on the International Space Station. On the same day there will be a press briefing by ESA, Astrium and NASA specialists (see accreditation form attached), followed by a visit to the cleanroom.

N° 51–2001

Two ESA Directors get renewed terms

12 October 2001

In the course of its meeting at the Agency's headquarters in Paris on 10 and 11 October, the ESA Council, on the recommendation of the Director General, Antonio Rodotà, renewed the contracts of two of the Directors: Jörg Feustel-Büechl and Claudio Mastracci.

N° 50–2001

Global Monitoring for Environment and Security, Europe gets ready

10 October 2001

On Monday 15 October 2001, in Brussels, top representatives from ESA, the EU and other governmental organisations will participate in a Conference on GMES (Global Monitoring for environment and security) organised under the aegis of the Belgian EU Presidency. The full day programme, articulated into three sessions, will see the presence of around 300 delegates. Registration will start at 08:30 hrs at the Palais de Congrès, Coudenberg, 3 (*).

N° 49–2001

Irish astronomers eager to use European gamma-ray space observatory

25 September 2001

The status of INTEGRAL - the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory of the European Space Agency (ESA) - and the Irish involvement in the mission are being presented at a press conference organised in Dublin on 4 October (12h00) by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA - 19 Dawson street, Dublin 2), Enterprise Ireland and ESA.

N° 48–2001

'Space' in the classroom - A subject without boundaries

25 September 2001

International Space Station Education Conference at ESA/ESTEC from 26 to 28 October 2001 The European Space Agency's TEACH SPACE 2001 Education Conference has become even more attractive for Europe's teachers. The first International Space Station Conference in Europe for teachers will be held between Friday 26 and Sunday 28 October at the European Space Agency's ESTEC centre in Noordwijk in the Netherlands.

N° 47–2001

ESA to fund early-stage satcom businesses

18 September 2001

The European Space Agency today launches a new initiative designed to help small companies enter the field of satellite communication by providing early-stage investment and support.

N° 46–2001

Three months in bed to simulate effects of long-duration Space Station missions

31 August 2001

Spending a long time in a weightless environment has an impact on the human body, and evidence exists of changes to the bone and muscles of astronauts who have participated in long-duration missions in space. To cope with the requirements of long-stay missions aboard the International Space Station, the European Space Agency, together with the French space agency CNES and the Japanese space agency NASDA, are validating countermeasures through a preventive-medicine ground-based simulation that makes use of the bed rest model.

N° 45–2001

3D TV for space, live at IFA 2001

27 August 2001

With a live transmission from its International Space Station User Information Centre in Noordwijk (the Netherlands), ESA and German company TMP will demonstrate a new technique for shooting, recording and transmitting 3D TV images.

N° 44–2001

Artemis recovery operation continuing successfully

25 July 2001

Ground control in Fucino, Italy - the operations team and system engineers of the Altel (Alenia Spazio-Telespazio) consortium, supported by ESA specialists - reports that since last night (Tuesday 24 July) ESA's Artemis satellite has been successfully positioned in its circular parking orbit at about 31000 km.

N° 43–2001

ESA starts recovery of Artemis

19 July 2001

ESA's Artemis telecommunications satellite is fully under the control of the Altel (Alenia Spazio-Telespazio) operations team and system engineers in Fucino, Italy, supported by a team of ESA specialists, after a successful first orbit-raising manoeuvre last night.

N° 42–2001

East Meets West on "Double Star", a Joint Mission to Explore Earth's Magnetic Field

09 July 2001

A new phase in ESA-China scientific collaboration was officially given the green light today at ESA Headquarters in Paris with an historic agreement between ESA and the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) to develop a joint project known as "Double Star".

N° 41–2001

Countdown continues for ESA's Artemis satellite

06 July 2001

Follow the launch from various ESA establishments and on the ESA website

Only a few days remain before an Ariane 5 launches Artemis, ESA's advanced telecommunication satellite, into orbit. Final preparations at Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, are progressing smoothly for a launch on 12 July, with a 93-minute launch window starting at 18 :58 Kourou time (23 :58 CEST).

N° 40–2001

Life in the Universe ? Is anybody out there?

06 July 2001

The possibility that there is life elsewhere in the Universe has always excited the general public. Scientists are equally enthusiastic: physicists, biologists, chemists, cosmologists and astronomers all over Europe are researching the age-old question: is there other life in the Universe?

N° 39–2001

ESA and NASA agree new mission scenario for Cassini-Huygens

02 July 2001

A new mission scenario has been identified in order to solve the Huygens radio communications problem and fully recover the scientific return from the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and its giant moon Titan.

N° 38–2001

New Director of Strategy and External Relations named at ESA

21 June 2001

Meeting at the Agency's headquarters in Paris on 20 and 21 June, the ESA Council appointed Jean-Pol Poncelet, a Belgian, to the post of Director of Strategy and External Relations, for a four-year term.

N° 37–2001

International Space Station wins Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation

15 June 2001

The European Space Agency (ESA) was honoured to learn that the International Space Station has been given the 2001 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. The Prince of Asturias Foundation announced its decision yesterday in Oviedo, Spain.

N° 36–2001

Europe and Russia strengthen co-operation in Space

08 June 2001

Today a hearing took place in the State Duma in Moscow on "Opportunities for Euro-Russia co-operation in space". The meeting was hosted by the President of the State Duma, Gennadi Seleznev, and was organised by the Chairman of the Duma Committee on Education and Science, Ivan Melnikov.

N° 35–2001

Paris Air Show at Le Bourget: media programme

30 May 2001

ESA and the French space agency CNES are pleased to invite media representatives to the joint pavilion at the 44th Paris Air Show, taking place from 16 to 24 June 2001 at Le Bourget, for the following events.

N° 34–2001

ISS Forum 2001 – The Space Station is open for business

29 May 2001

From 5 to 7 June, Berlin will become the focal point for the International Space Station (ISS) when more than 500 leaders of industry, government officials and scientists from 22 countries gather in that city at ISS Forum 2001, the first international conference on Space Station utilisation covering both research and commercial opportunities, to explore the Space Station’s potential and discover the opportunities available to them.

N° 33–2001

European children draw a flag for the Earth

29 May 2001

The European Space Agency’s Earth Flag competition, held to herald the launch of ESA’s new Earth observation satellite Envisat, has been a huge success. Over 11 000 entries have been received from children in the 15 ESA Member States, as well as Canada, which is cooperating with ESA on the Envisat project.

N° 32–2001

Environment satellite goes on tour

22 May 2001

On 31 May the European Space Agency (ESA) starts a year-long travelling exhibition about its new environment satellite, Envisat. The largest and most up-to-date satellite for earth observation ever built will be presented at fourteen cities across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. From the inaugural event in Berlin, the show will continue on to Mannheim, Lucerne, Saarbruecken, Munich and Zurich.

N° 31–2001

Leading European Research Organisations Join Forces in EIROFORUM (1)

22 May 2001

Since the early 1950s, a number of powerful research infrastructures and laboratories which are used by an extensive network of scientists have been developed and deployed within Europe by European Intergovernmental Research Organisations (EIRO). Together, they represent European spearheads in some of the most crucial basic and applied research fields.

N° 30–2001

More European astronauts to fly to the International Space Station on Russian spacecraft.

22 May 2001

First assignment for Italian ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori.

ESA's Director General Antonio Rodotà and the Director General of the Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos) Yuri Koptev recently signed an agreement for European astronauts to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) on Russian Souyz launchers in the period 2001 to 2006.

N° 29–2001

ESA's Artemis telecommunications satellite to be launched in July

17 May 2001

ESA and Arianespace have agreed today on an early summer launch date for Artemis, the agency's new advanced telecommunications satellite.

N° 28–2001

ISS ready for utilisation

15 May 2001

First European conference on industrial and commercial utilisation of the International Space Station

At the first joint press conference of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the German space agency DLR, hosted by the national chamber of commerce of German industry (BDI/DIHT) in Berlin yesterday, representatives of the two space agencies informed an international audience of journalists about the objectives of ISS Forum 2001 and the possibilities for industry and business to utilise the potential of the International Space Station (ISS).

N° 27–2001

First European Workshop on Exo/Astrobiology - ESA/ESRIN, 21 - 23 May 2001

15 May 2001

From 21 to 23 May, the first European Workshop on Exo/Astrobiology will be taking place at ESA/ESRIN, the European Space Agency establishment in Italy (Frascati, near Rome).

N° 26–2001

The busiest ever ESA parabolic flight campaign ready to take off

03 May 2001

The 30th ESA parabolic flight campaign is ready to start from the Bordeaux-Mérignac airport on the special Airbus A300 Zero-g. Three flights of 30 parabolas each are foreseen on the mornings of the 15, 16 and 17 May.

N° 25–2001

ESA astronaut sets research in motion on International Space Station

02 May 2001

ESA astronaut Umberto Guidoni returned to Earth yesterday, 1 May, proud to have become the first European astronaut to set foot on the International Space Station.

N° 24–2001

Space System Integrators and Small Medium-sized Enterprises meet at 'Industry Space Days'

01 May 2001

The European Space Agency’s research and technology centre ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, will be host on 9 and 10 May to the 2001 edition of the "Industry Space Days". This initiative, organised by ESA, fosters exchanges between space Agencies, established space groups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). In particular, it encourages SMEs to take a more active part in the European space programmes, explaining to them how to do business with ESA.

N° 23–2001

International Space Station partners grant flight exemption for Dennis Tito

25 April 2001

The members of the International Space Station (ISS) Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB), including representatives from ESA, reached a final decision on Tuesday on the flight of Dennis Tito to the Space Station. The ISS partners granted an exemption for the US businessman's flight to the Space Station aboard the Soyuz 2 Taxi mission, which is scheduled for launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on 28 April.

N° 22–2001

MAXUS 4 is now ready for launch

25 April 2001

Following the success of the earlier Maxus flights which have taken place since 1992, the countdown is underway for the launch of ESA’s Maxus 4 sub-orbital microgravity mission on 29 April from ESRANGE, near Kiruna in northern Sweden. During the last two years, scientists from five European countries have been working together with the engineering teams from Astrium GmbH and the Swedish Space Corporation in preparation for the Maxus 4 mission, which is funded by the European Space Agency.

N° 21–2001

First European astronaut on Space Station speaks to EC President and ESA Director General

24 April 2001

On Wednesday 25 April 2001, Umberto Guidoni, the first European astronaut to set foot on the International Space Station will be greeted by EC President Romano Prodi and ESA Director General Antonio Rodotà from Brussels.

N° 20–2001

High-Tech from Space – Technology Transfer at Hanover Fair 2001

20 April 2001

Space technologies available for new products and services on Earth: this is what ESA, through the technology broker MST Aerospace, will be proposing to non-space industry from all over the world at the Hanover Fair (23/28 April, Halle 18 EG/Stand A15). A space brunch for the press, attended by former ESA astronaut Dr Ulf Merbold, will be on offer from 12:30 on 23 April.

N° 19–2001

Guidoni makes history as first European on Space Station

19 April 2001

Europe today sent its first astronaut to the International Space Station when Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven-strong crew lifted off from Kennedy Space Center at 14:41 local time (20:41 Central European Summer Time).

N° 18–2001

ESA celebrates Sun-Earth Day on 27-28 April 2001

12 April 2001

The European Space Agency invites you to join with us in promoting Sun-Earth Day. This event, on 27-28 April, is an exciting opportunity to ponder our links with the nearest star and to celebrate the discoveries of ESA’s solar observatories, SOHO, Cluster and Ulysses.

N° 17–2001

First European astronaut visits the International Space Station

11 April 2001

Follow the Shuttle launch from various ESA establishments and monitor mission highlights live on the ESA web site.

ESA astronaut Umberto Guidoni from Italy will be the first European to visit the International Space Station when he lifts off aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on 19 April with an international crew of seven, including Canada’s Chris Hadfield and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov.

N° 16–2001

Europe goes to Mars - preparations are well under way

10 April 2001

If you live in Europe, there's almost certainly a research institute or industrial company near you that is contributing materials or expertise to Mars Express, Europe's first mission to the Red Planet.

N° 15–2001

New Director of Technical and Operational Support named at ESA

27 March 2001

At its 150th meeting, held at ESRIN, ESA’s establishment near Rome on 21 and 22 March 2001, the ESA Council unanimously nominated its new Director of Technical and Operational Support for the next four years, Pieter Gaele Winters (NL).

N° 14–2001

Third European Conference on Space Debris

12 March 2001

The European Space Agency is hosting the third European Conference on Space Debris from 19 to 21 March at ESOC, its European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. The British, French, German and Italian space agencies (BNSC, CNES, DLR, ASI), the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) are co-sponsoring this event, which will draw over 200 experts from all over the world.

N° 13–2001

Satellite multimedia terminals speak the same language

06 March 2001

In recent years, standardisation has proven to be one of the critical success factors in the introduction of new telecommunications systems and services. The recent success of systems like GSM mobile phones and digital video for professional and consumer video equipment is probably the best supporting evidence.

N° 12–2001

ESA-EC Joint Task Force on European Strategy for Space meets for the first time in Brussels

01 March 2001

Today ESA and the EC have set up a Joint Task Force to implement the European Strategy for Space endorsed by the European Research Council and by ESA's Council at Ministerial level in Brussels on 16 November 2000 (see ESA press release N° 74-2000 of 16/11/2000).

N° 11–2001

"First Convention of Lunar Explorers" - Invitation to the media

01 March 2001

Will the Moon be the ultimate travel destination? Can we harness energy from the Moon? How and when can we build a lunar base or a lunar village? Will it be possible to transform that barren landscape 384 000 km away into a thriving hub of scientific research and industrialization? These and other questions will be discussed during the first Convention of Lunar Explorers (LUNEX) in Paris, at the Palais de la Découverte from 8 to 10 March.

N° 10–2001

Workshop on "A European perspective on Disaster Management"

16 February 2001

The European Space Agency and the European Commission's Information Society Directorate-General are jointly organising a workshop on "A European Perspective on Disaster Management" at ESA's ESRIN establishment in Frascati, Italy, from 27 February to 1 March.

N° 9–2001

Artemis : Europe's advanced telecommunication satellite to be launched soon on Ariane 5

15 February 2001

Artemis, the most advanced telecommunication satellite ever developed by the European Space Agency, is now slated for launch on a European Ariane 5 launcher sometime between June and August 2001. The launch contract was signed today at ESA Headquarters in Paris by Antonio Rodotà, Director General of ESA, and Jean-Marie Luton, CEO of Arianespace.

N° 8–2001

Cluster commences operations : first exciting results to be announced at a media event in Paris

07 February 2001

Six months after the four Cluster spacecraft congregated in Earth orbit, scientists are beginning to gather the first scientific results from ESA's unique mission to explore the magnetosphere - the magnetic shield that surrounds our planet. To mark the beginning of Cluster's operational phase, members of the media are invited to attend a special press event at ESA Headquarters on 16 February, starting at 10h30.

N° 7–2001

"Europe enlarges its Space" - Conférence at ESA/ESRIN

25 January 2001

On 1-2 February, ESA's establishment ESRIN in Frascati, Italy, will host the Conference "Europe enlarges its Space". The Conference is being convened by the Italian Parliamentary Space Group as a follow-up to the Second European Interparliamentary Space Conference, which was held in Italy in October 2000. The organisation of the event is being supported by ESA and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) with additional contributions from the Italian civil aviation authority ENAV and the Italian space industry.

N° 6–2001

Envisat launch : only a few months to go!

18 January 2001

Media information day on Thursday 1 February at ESTEC

N° 5–2001

Earth monitoring satellites support rescue efforts in El Salvador

17 January 2001

Responding quickly to support rescue efforts converging on El Salvador, member space agencies of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters have dispatched their Earth observation satellites to capture images of the devastation caused by last Saturday's earthquake.

N° 4–2001

Space Mission : Y3K

12 January 2001

Junior astronauts invited to a contest by the European Space Agency and the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APME)

N° 3–2001

The European Space Agency helps develop the Grid, the next generation of the World Wide Web

12 January 2001

With the World Wide Web being used by more and more people, its limitations in dealing with huge amounts of data are becoming ever more apparent. Its successor, the Grid, would comprise computing resources in which supercomputers, processor farms, disks, major databases, informatics, collaborative tools and people are linked by a high-speed network.

N° 2–2001

ESA Director General to meet the press in Paris

03 January 2001

On Monday 15 January, ESA Director General Antonio Rodotà will be meeting the media at ESA Headquarters in Paris for a press breakfast, starting at 08:30, to take stock of the Agency's achievements in 2000 and go through the list of activities planned in 2001.

N° 1–2001

Main Press and Communication activities for 2001 - Rev. 1 - 22.01.2001

03 January 2001

In 2001 ESA is scheduled to be involved in a series of international events. These are the major ones that can be already pencilled in your agenda.