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Gaia Spreads Its Wings
2011-12-08 04:30:17

[ Watch the Video ] ESA´s Gaia star-mapper has passed a critical test ahead of its launch in 2013: the spacecraft´s sunshield has been deployed for the first time. Gaia's sunshield is an essential component of the mission. It keeps Gaia in shadow, maintaining the scientific instruments at a constant temperature of around —110°C. The sunshield is about 10 m across, which is too large for the launch vehicle fairing, so it has been built with a dozen folding panels...

2011-01-25 06:55:00

European scientists are being asked whether they still want to go ahead with the European Space Agency's (ESA) space laser mission. The EarthCARE satellite would study the role clouds and atmospheric particles play in a changing climate. However, difficulties in developing the spacecraft's lidar instrument means the cost of the venture will rise from $614 to $805 million. ESA is now reviewing the science value and technical risks of proceeding with the mission. "European Space Agency...

2010-09-07 06:25:00

The European Union executive commission is not providing adequate support to the European space sector, which is in close competition with US space agency NASA, Astrium chairman Francois Augue said during an interview published on Monday. "Every country is backing its industry, except Europe," argued Augue in the French finance paper Les Echos. "If Brussels implements the policy that is being developed, it will ultimately mean the end of Europe's space industry presence on the world scene."...

2009-06-18 04:47:00

PARIS, June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - Five Year Contract Agreed for 36MHz of Capacity - Astrium Services to Provide its Customers With Improved Pan-African Coverage Astrium and Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced at the Paris Airshow the signature of a five-year contract for 36MHz of capacity on the new W2A satellite. Astrium Services will provide coverage for their existing and future customers across Africa. Eutelsat's new W2A...

2009-02-13 14:05:00

Ariane 5, Europe's expendable launch system designed to deliver payloads into low Earth orbit, has kicked off its 2009 campaign by launching two commercial telecoms satellites and two experimental French defense spacecraft, BBC News reported. The Ariane 5 launched from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana at 1909 local time (2209 GMT). A half an hour after liftoff, the Hot Bird 10 and NSS-9 platforms were injected into orbits, followed by the Spirale satellites. France is eager to develop a...

2008-07-02 09:00:48

By Sarah Arnott Satellite network, designed to give Europe independence, has been delayed by Brussels rows The European Commission kicked off plans yesterday for a rival to the United States' global positioning system (GPS) with calls for suppliers for 3.4bn-worth (2.7bn) of hi-tech space-technology deals. The Galileo programme's network of 30 satellites is designed to give Europe strategic independence from the US, steal a march on the nascent market for mobile location-based services...

2005-07-09 18:38:42

ESA -- Venus Express, the first European space probe to investigate the planet Venus has completed the development, integration and test phase in Toulouse. Venus Express is being manufactured by EADS Astrium as prime contractor for ESA (European Space Agency). The research probe is scheduled for launch on board a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan) in late October 2005. EADS is the principal shareholder of Starsem, the launch provider, with 35%, Arianespace holding...

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