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2019
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N° 17–2019

Call for Media: Last chance to view Europe’s Solar Orbiter

03 October 2019

ESA’s new Sun explorer will leave Europe soon, with final launch preparations starting in November at Cape Canaveral in Florida, US. ESA and Airbus Defence and Space invite members of the media to get a final glimpse of Solar Orbiter on 18 October at IABG’s space test centre in Ottobrunn, near Munich, Germany, before the spacecraft departs for the launch site.

N° 16–2019

Talking space with the next generation in Europe

02 October 2019

As World Space Week (4-10 October) approaches, ESA invites the next generation of space professionals to give their opinions about the future of space.


N° 15–2019

New European Space Agency mission will add to climate knowledge

24 September 2019

A new European mission, the Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring mission, or FORUM, will add a crucial measurement to help our understanding of Earth’s changing climate.

Measurements from the new spacecraft will improve confidence in the accuracy of climate change assessments that form the basis for future policy decisions.

N° 14–2019

Call for media: ESA ESTEC Open Day - ESA to the Moon

09 September 2019

Media registrations are now open for ESA’s Open Day in the Netherlands on Sunday 6 October – the general public and media will have the opportunity to meet astronauts, space experts and see behind the scenes of Europe’s space adventure at ESA’s largest establishment.


N° 13–2019

Vega flight VV15: findings of the Independent Inquiry Commission’s investigations

05 September 2019

The Independent Inquiry Commission, tasked with analysing the failure of Vega Flight VV15, submitted its findings on Wednesday, 4 September.
   
Co-chaired by the Inspector General of the European Space Agency (ESA); and the Senior Vice President, Technical and Quality of Arianespace; the Commission was appointed on Thursday, 11 July. According to its assigned task, after having analysed the flight data, the Commission identified possible causes for the anomaly and drew up recommendations for Vega to resume launches under the requisite conditions of safety, security and reliability.

N° 12–2019

Call For Media: AIDA workshop for planetary defence

05 September 2019

Experts working on an upcoming joint space mission designed to deflect and analyse asteroids will meet in Rome from 11–13 September. Media are invited to join the Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) workshop in the "Aula Ottagona" of the Terme di Diocleziano in Rome to hear the latest progress on NASA’s DART mission, Italy’s LICIA CubeSat and ESA’s Hera mission.


N° 11–2019

Call For Media: The ESA Earth Observation Φ-Week (Phi Week)

03 September 2019

Media are invited to the Φ-Week (with ‘Φ’, phi, pronounced ‘fee’ or ‘fi’), a five-day international event organised by ESA on the latest developments of relevance to space, to be hosted at its Earth observation centre in Frascati, Italy, from 9-13 September 2019.

N° 10–2019

EDRS-C successfully launched

06 August 2019

The second satellite to join the constellation that forms the European Data Relay System (EDRS) was launched by Arianespace on 06 August, 21:30 CEST (19:30 UTC).  The satellite was launched on board an Ariane 5, together with a second passenger, Intelsat 39, from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. 


N° 9–2019

Call for media: ‘Space Station Earth’ world premiere in Stockholm

30 July 2019

A constellation of European astronauts, epic music under the stars and a live connection with the International Space Station will kick off the Stockholm Culture Festival at the height of the Scandinavian summer. 

Space is this year’s theme of the Stockholm Culture Festival, a mass event that takes over central Stockholm, Sweden, from 13 to 17 August. 

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.  

N° 4–2019

Call for media: News conference with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano

30 April 2019

Media are invited to join ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano on Saturday, 11 May, at ESRIN, ESA’s establishment  in Frascati near Rome, Italy, for his final news conference in Europe before his second mission to the International Space Station.


N° 3–2019

Call for Media: taking the pulse of our planet from space

16 April 2019

ESA invites media representatives to join the Living Planet Symposium, the biggest Earth observation conference in the world, to hear first-hand from scientists about recent environmental discoveries and the latest hard facts on climate change – don’t miss this exciting opportunity.

N° 2–2019

Call for media: Cheops ready for launch in October

19 March 2019

The Cheops mission, ESA’s first mission dedicated to the study of exoplanets, is scheduled to lift off on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, within the launch slot 15 October – 14 November 2019.


N° 1–2019

Call for Media: Space Safety conference and media briefing

11 January 2019

Whether it's tackling the challenge of space debris, ensuring a timely warning of space weather impacts or detecting and deflecting asteroids: Space Safety is an emerging field and will be included in the proposals of ESA Director General Jan Wörner for the next Ministerial Council, called ‘Space19+’, in November 2019.