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ExoMars Lander Module Has Been Named Schiaparelli
2013-11-11 08:21:37

ESA The entry, descent and landing demonstrator module that will fly on the 2016 ExoMars mission has been named ‘Schiaparelli’ in honor of the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who famously mapped the Red Planet’s surface features in the 19th century. ExoMars is a joint endeavor between ESA and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, and comprises two missions that will be launched to Mars in 2016 and 2018. The Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli make up the 2016 mission,...

No Damages Reported As GOCE Satellite Falls Back To Earth
2013-11-11 07:39:22

[ Watch the Video: GOCE Safely Burns Up In The Atmosphere ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A defunct satellite that had been mapping the Earth’s gravitational field fell back to Earth at approximately 7pm ET Sunday (01:00 CET Monday), the European Space Agency (ESA) has confirmed. The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) probe re-entered the planet’s atmosphere during a descending orbital pass extending across Siberia, the...

Swarm Constellation Preps For Launch, Three Satellites In One Payload
2013-11-09 05:19:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) said that it has finished placing all three Swarm satellites on their launch adapter, getting them ready for launch in two weeks. The latest update of the Swarm constellation means that the new Earth observation mission is on track for its November 22 launch. The Swarm constellation will be measuring the strength and direction of the magnetic electric fields around Earth. ESA said that the satellites...

ESA's Defunct GOCE Satellite Expected To Fall Back To Earth Soon
2013-11-07 10:14:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Beware of falling satellites this weekend, as a European Space Agency (ESA) probe that had been mapping the planet’s gravitational field is expected to plummet back to Earth within the next few days. The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite was launched in 2009, and managed to remain in low-orbit some 160 miles above the Earth thanks to its ion engine, UPI reported on Wednesday. However,...

ESA's Next Pair Of Galileo Satellites Undergo Crucial Testing
2013-11-07 07:46:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online At a technical center in the Netherlands, the European Space Agency's (ESA) next pair of Galileo satellites have been the focus of a busy fall season. The satellites are undergoing a continuing, full-scale campaign to ensure their readiness for space. The first of the pair of satellites is halfway through a five-week immersion in vacuum and temperature extremes. This "thermal-vacuum" testing mimics the conditions the satellites will...

2013-11-06 23:24:59

Tracy Larson and Matt Krebs recently announced as speakers. Irving, Texas (PRWEB) November 06, 2013 The Electronic Security Association (ESA) continues to add business professionals to its already impressive speaker roster for the 2014 ESA Leadership Summit to be held on Jan. 19-22 in Orlando, Fla. Recently, ESA announced Tracy Larson and Matt Krebs as the newest additions to the growing list of sessions. Tracy Larson is partner and president of WeSuite, a sales management software...

2013-11-05 23:28:50

The Electronic Security Association (ESA) provides home security tips for social media users. Irving,Texas (PRWEB) November 05, 2013 Social media has far exceeded its original purpose of easily connecting friends and family. Now, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are used for buying and selling goods, sending and responding to event invitations, claiming coupons from retailers, and so much more it’s impossible to list. While these features make everyday tasks easier, this...

LADEE Laser Advancing Space Communications
2013-11-04 18:16:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) orbiter is working with the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ground station on the island of Tenerife to deliver data like never before about the Moon. LADEE was launched on September 7 and began orbiting the Moon in October with a mission to analyze the Moon’s environment. The spacecraft is carrying a new laser terminal capable of delivering data at speeds that are far...

Perfect Mission Comes To A Fiery End For ATV Albert Einstein
2013-11-04 11:25:46

ESA ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry, Albert Einstein, completed its five-month mission to the International Space Station by reentering the atmosphere today and burning up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean. Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) are the most complex space vehicles ever developed in Europe and are the largest and most capable resupply ships to dock with the Space Station. At 20 tons, ATV-4 set the record for the heaviest...

SWARM Mission Launch Postponed
2013-10-30 12:13:41

ESA The launch of ESA’s magnetic field mission from Plesetsk, Russia, has been postponed by about a week. The announcement from the mission’s launch service provider, Eurockot, follows the decision to replace a unit in the Breeze upper stage of the Rockot launcher. Originally scheduled for 14 November, the launch is expected to be delayed by about one week. More details will be given as they become available. The three-satellite Swarm mission aims to unravel one of the most...


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Roberto Vittori
2012-10-27 14:08:27

Roberto Vittori is an ESA astronaut as well as an Italian Air Force Officer and a test pilot for the United States. Vittorri was born on October 15, 1964 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy and attended the Italian Air Force Academy, graduating in 1989. While working towards his graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland in 1995, Vittori operated the Tornado GR1 along with the 50th Wing of the 155th Squadron in Piacenza, Italy from 1991 to 1994. During this time, he...

Léopold Eyharts
2012-10-02 09:49:07

Léopold Eyharts is a Brigadier General in the French Air Force and an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut. Eyharts was born April 28, 1957, in Biarritz, France. After completing his basic academics, he joined the French Air Force Academy of Salon-de-Provence in 1977 to study aeronautical engineering. Eyharts graduated in 1979 as an engineer. By 1980 he became a fighter pilot and was sent to the Istres Air Force Base in France. Initially he was assigned to an operational jaguar squadron...

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2011-04-18 23:21:55

Jean-Francois Clervoy is a French engineer and test pilot, a CNES and ESA astronaut, and a veteran of three NASA Space Shuttle missions. He was born Jean-Francois André Clervoy on November 19, 1958 in France. He has a twin brother, Patrick, and is married to the former Laurence Boulanger. The couple has two children, and the family enjoys racquet sports, skill games, skiing, and flying kites. Clervoy graduated from high school in Saint-Cyr Lycee and then earned his Bachelor's degree from...

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2010-11-17 14:23:40

Chister Fuglesang is a Swedish physicist and an ESA astronaut. He was born Arne Christer Fuglesang on March 18, 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden. His mother was Swedish, but his father was Norwegian, having become a Swedish citizen just before Fuglesang's birth. Fuglesang graduated college, and went on to receive a Master of Science degree in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in 1981. While at the Royal Institute, he met Elisabeth, whom he married in 1983. He then earned a...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cassini-Huygens Mission -- The Cassini unmanned space probe is intended to study Saturn and its moons. It was launched on October 15, 1997 and is estimated to enter Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004. The mission is a joined NASA/ESA project. Cassini's principal objectives are to: -- determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamical behavior of the rings -- determine the composition of the satellite surfaces and the geological history of each object -- determine the nature and...

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