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2010-06-17 10:45:00

Pierre Lellouche, Secretary of State responsible for European Affairs in the French Government, and Werner Hoyer, Minister Delegate for European Affairs in the German Government, who are both General Secretaries for Franco-German Cooperation, visited ESA Headquarters on June 15. They were welcomed by ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, who presented the Agency and the status of the various projects it is carrying out in all areas of European space activity. During his presentation,...

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2009-12-10 14:12:54

The UK's Royal Aeronautical Society has awarded its top Gold Medal Team prize to ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle operations team, in recognition of their achievement in operating ATV Jules Verne during its 2008 mission to the International Space Station. The Gold Medal is conferred for work of outstanding achievement in aerospace. ATV Jules Verne, ESA's first resupply and reboost vehicle, was launched in March 2008 and on April 3 became the first vessel to perform a fully automated docking...

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2009-10-29 12:30:00

The head of the Russian Federal Space Agency this week announced plans to develop a nuclear spacecraft that would carry man to Mars. In a statement on the agency's Web site, cited by the Associated Press, Anatoly Perminov said the nuclear craft would pose technological challenges, but could one day be used in manned missions to the Red Planet as well as others. After the initial model is developed near 2012, the actual ship would require an additional nine years and about $600 million to...

2009-09-11 15:26:07

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain signed a memorandum of understanding Friday for cooperation in the field of space transportation. The agreement was signed at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "From shuttle Spacelab missions to the International Space Station, ESA has a long history of participating with NASA in human spaceflight," Bolden said. "With this agreement, it is our intent to continue to build this relationship,...

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2009-09-01 14:40:09

The U.S. space agency says it has completed the preliminary design review of its next crew exploration vehicle -- the Orion spacecraft. The space agency said Orion is being designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and other destinations and the preliminary design review is one of a series of procedures that occur before hardware manufacturing can begin. Officials said the review assessed the overall system is safe and reliable for flight and meets all NASA mission...

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2009-07-20 12:44:50

On Monday, European Space Agency Director-General Jean-Jacques Dordain addressed the historic significance of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon on the 40th anniversary of man's first footsteps onto the planet. "Back then, it meant that US technology was stronger than Soviet technology, because it was the US flag that was planted on the Moon," he said. "But today, I think we can see this in a totally different light. The fact that it was a US flag is no longer what matters most." "I think the...

2009-06-04 13:33:19

This month's 48th International Paris Air Show will celebrate its 100th anniversary -- the first Paris Air Show was held in 1909 at the city's Grand Palace. The 2009 event at Le Bourget Airport runs June 15-21, with more than 200 000 visitors expected to attend, the European Space Agency said. The ESA said it will participate with a 5,382-square-foot pavilion located between full-size models of the Ariane 1 and Ariane 5 rockets. The ESA said visitors to its pavilion will learn about the...

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2009-05-23 06:55:00

Russia is making preparations to separate its components of the International Space Station (ISS) and fly them away when the rest of the station de-orbits.  A BBC News report cited Russian officials who said they plan to keep their ISS modules in orbit for another ten years. Although ISS partner nations are hopeful they will be able to extend funding for the project beyond the current deadline of 2015, observers agree that most of the ISS will have to be cancelled by 2020. Russia's plans...

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2009-04-29 13:35:00

The follow-up spacecraft to Russia's Soyuz capsule may be equipped with rocket thrusters that would aid in landing. According to the BBC, engineers of RKK Energia, Russia's developer of manned spacecraft, are considering plans to use rocket thrusters for spacecraft landing. Previous missions have returned to Earth by use of a parachute or wings. The current method of Russian manned space missions involves the Soyuz capsule, which actually uses small propellers to gently aid in landing, but...

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2008-09-05 15:05:00

On Friday, Europe's space freighter "” dubbed Jules Verne "” will undock from the International Space Station after completing its mission to the orbiting platform. The ship will release itself from the rear of the ISS before diving into the atmosphere in three weeks' time, on September 29. The ships re-entry over the Pacific Ocean will destroy the vehicle and the station waste loaded on to it by astronauts. The automated undocking procedure is expected to get under way at 2130...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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