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Neosat Boosting Europe’s Telecommunications By Satellite
2014-02-21 10:39:01

ESA ESA is forging ahead with the Neosat next-generation satcom platform, planning the first flights within five years. The goal is for European satellite builders to capture at least half of the world’s satcom market in 2018–30 through innovation and efficiency, generating €25 billion in sales. The contract for Phase-B of Neosat was signed today by Magali Vaissiere, ESA’s Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, and Eric Béranger and Bertrand Maureau for...

Exoplanet Hunter Selected By European Space Agency
2014-02-20 04:31:01

[ Watch the Video: The Newest Exoplanet Hunter - PLATO ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the hottest topics in 21st century science is the exploration of planets around stars other than our own Sun. These planets are known as extrasolar planets, or "exoplanets." One of the key goals of such research is to discover and learn about the properties of Earth-like worlds in the Sun's neighborhood. The European Space Agency (ESA) is preparing a new space mission,...

Inside Astronaut Alexander Gerst's Head
2014-02-17 13:36:09

ESA The clock is ticking: in 100 days ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will be launched to the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and cosmonaut commander Maxim Surayev. Strapped on top of 274 tonnes of rocket propellants, they will be boosted to 28 000 km/h to arrive at the orbital outpost in less than seven hours. The launch will mark the start of Alexander’s Blue Dot mission as part of Space Station Expedition 40/41, staying for six months on the world’s...

Solar Orbiter
2014-02-13 04:45:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Burnt-bone charcoal, a pigment once used as part of prehistoric cave paintings in southern France, will be applied to the ESA’s Solar Orbiter to help protect the vehicle from the Sun’s rays, the agency announced Wednesday. The spacecraft, which is currently scheduled to launch in 2017, will have a type of black calcium phosphate produced from the substance applied to the outermost titanium sheet of its multilayered heatshield,...

A Glowing Plant Is A Sign Of Health
2014-02-12 15:16:02

ESA Radiant skin is considered a sign of good health in humans, but plants also glow when they are well. A potential new ESA satellite could use this fluorescence to track the health and productivity of vegetation worldwide. The Florescence Explorer, or FLEX for short, is a candidate for ESA’s eighth Earth Explorer. It aims to provide global maps of vegetation fluorescence, which can be used to work out actual photosynthetic activity. This information would improve our...

Distant Galaxy Clusters Located By ESA Spacecraft
2014-02-12 13:04:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using a novel way of combining data from the two European Space Agency (ESA) satellites Planck and Herschel, an international team of scientists has been able to locate more distant galaxy clusters than previously possible. According to the team’s report in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, they were able to use their new technique to discover four previously unknown galaxy clusters containing thousands of...

Galileo Working Well
2014-02-12 12:08:28

[ Watch The Video: Galileo Validated in Orbit VNR ] ESA The in-orbit validation of Galileo has been achieved: Europe now has the operational nucleus of its own satellite navigation constellation in place – the world’s first civil-owned and operated satnav system. In 2011 and 2012 the first four satellites were launched into orbit. Four is the minimum number needed to perform navigation fixes. In the following year, these satellites were combined with a growing global ground...

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...

Comet Discovered By European Astronomers
2014-02-12 10:26:54

European Space Agency A team of European astronomers has found a previously unknown comet, detected as a tiny blob of light orbiting our Sun deep in the Solar System. Europe’s Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey team has been credited with discovering comet P/2014 C1, named ‘TOTAS’ in recognition of the teamwork involved in the find. The comet was unexpectedly discovered on February 1, 2014 during a routine set of observations using the 1 m-diameter telescope at ESA’s...

Magnetic Field Swarm Satellites Start Moving Into Position
2014-02-07 04:52:23

[ Watch the Video: Swarm: An Orbit with a Difference ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is in the midst of maneuvering their three Swarm mission satellites into position as the probes prepare to deliver what is being called the best survey of the Earth’s magnetic field to date. The trio of satellites launched last November, and since then, engineers have been testing the probes’ systems and instruments to make sure that...


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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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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.