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Third Launch For Europe’s Smallest Launcher
2014-04-30 03:11:43

[ Watch The Video: Vega VV03: Commercial Liftoff For Europe’s Smallest Launcher ] ESA The third launch by Europe’s new small launcher, Vega, has delivered Kazakhstan’s first satellite for high-resolution Earth observation into its planned orbit. Liftoff of flight VV03 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 01:35 GMT on 30 April (03:35 CEST; 22:35 local time on 29 April). The DZZ-HR satellite was released into the target Sun-synchronous circular orbit at...

launch of Ariane 5 flight VA216
2014-03-25 05:49:47

[ Watch the Video: Ariane 5 Flight VA216 Launch ] European Space Agency An Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecom satellites, Astra-5B and Amazonas-4A, into their planned transfer orbits. Liftoff of flight VA216 occurred at 22:04 GMT (23:04 CET; 19:04 French Guiana). The target geostationary transfer orbit had a perigee altitude of 250 km, an apogee altitude of 35 736 km and an inclination of 3° to the equator....

Commemorative Coins Issued To Mark 50 Years Of European Space Cooperation
2014-02-12 11:23:04

ESA 2014 is a milestone year for Europe as it looks back with pride on 50 years of space cooperation. To mark this important anniversary, the Monnaie de Paris, France’s national mint, is issuing a set of collectors’ coins in gold and silver to celebrate Europe’s exploits in space. The collection, dubbed '50 Years of European Space Cooperation', forms part of the Europa series, which every year since 2002 has featured on the reverse side of these coins individuals or events that...

Ariane 6 Set To Move To Next Stage Of Development
2013-11-14 07:05:58

ESA 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 is to guarantee autonomous access to space for Europe, serving European institutional missions, without requiring public...

Last Look At ATV-4 Before It Launches
2013-06-04 10:10:47

ESA Engineers look on as the Ariane 5 launcher fairing is lowered over ESA´s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the largest and most sophisticated space ferry to supply the International Space Station. The smaller dark cylinder visible inside the white fairing is ATV Albert Einstein, the fourth spacecraft in the series that will be launched from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana tomorrow. This was the last time anybody on Earth will see ATV-4 directly and the last photograph...

ESA Vega Rocket Launch Successful, Three Payloads Deployed In Orbit
2013-05-07 08:19:42

[WATCH VIDEO: Vega Launch Sequence Replay] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a delayed launch due to strong wind conditions on Saturday May 4, ESA's Vega rocket lifted off early Tuesday (02:06 GMT May 7) on a complex mission to set three payloads into two different orbits. The ESA successfully launched the rocket from Europe´s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying Proba-V, VNREDSat-1 and ESTCube-1. Tuesday´s launch was the second mission...

ESA Postpones Vega Rocket Launch Because Of Strong Winds
2013-05-06 10:15:36

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (May 6 at 10:15 a.m.) ESA´s second Vega flight, VV02, due for a launch this past weekend, was canceled at last minute due to unfavorable weather conditions. The Vega rocket was scheduled to lift off on May 4 from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana, carrying Proba-V as the prime payload. Proba-V is the first of four ESA missions in the Vega Research and Technology Accompaniment (VERTA) program, which will...

Alphasat Experiences Simulated Conditions It Will Face In Space
2013-02-08 13:45:00

ESA Tucked away in a vacuum chamber for several months, Europe´s largest telecom satellite has faced the harsh conditions it will deal with once it is launched into space this summer. Testing at Intespace in Toulouse, France, simulated conditions close to those Alphasat will experience in flight, including the intense cold of its transfer orbits in the early stages of the mission. Not only was Alphasat´s ability to control its temperature tested, but other features were...

First Lift Off In 2013 For Ariane 5
2013-02-08 08:05:46

ESA [ Watch The Video ] The first Ariane 5 heavy-lift mission of the year has delivered the Azerspace/Africasat-1a and Amazonas-3 telecom satellites into their planned transfer orbits. Liftoff of flight VA212 from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana came at 21:36 GMT (22:36 CET; 18:36 French Guiana) right at the opening of the launch window. The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 246.9 km, an apogee altitude of 35 895 km with an inclination of 6°. Both...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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