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Iris Could Make Air Travel Safer
2014-05-11 03:36:45

ESA Aviation accidents sometimes highlight how much we still rely on old-fashioned radio contact by pilots and vulnerable tracking systems. But satellites are set to change sky safety, thanks to international collaboration. ESA’s Iris program is looking to satellites to make aviation safer through modern communications. Worldwide digital data links via satellite, offering much higher capacity, will become the standard for cockpit crews, with voice communications kept as backup....

A Look At The Amazing Statistics As NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Enters Its 25th Year
2014-05-12 03:59:55

[ Hubble Videos ] Rob Gutro, NASA On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Earth with the Hubble Space Telescope nestled securely in its bay. The following day, Hubble was released into space, ready to peer into the vast unknown of space. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently marked its 24th year in space and to celebrate its 25th year, NASA is taking a look at some of the amazing statistics generated by the world-famous telescope. Hubble has...

Versatility Of Sentinel-1 Demonstrated By Experts
2014-05-09 03:36:35

ESA From climate change monitoring to supporting humanitarian aid and crisis situations, early data applications from the month-old Sentinel-1A satellite show how the radar mission’s critical observations can be used to keep us and our planet safe. Launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on 3 April, Sentinel-1A is the first satellite in Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring network. The mission uses radar to provide an all-weather, day-and-night supply of imagery...

Mars Pioneer Behind Failed Beagle 2 Mission Passes Away
2014-05-09 04:48:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Colin Pillinger, the British space scientist best known for a failed 2003 attempt to land a spacecraft on Mars, has died at the age of 70, his family and colleagues confirmed to various media outlets on Thursday. According to BBC News, Pillinger suffered a brain hemorrhage and fell into a coma while at his Cambridge home. He later passed away at Addenbrooke's Hospital without regaining consciousness, his family said in a...

Swarm Satellites Precise Sense Of Magnetism
2014-05-08 03:26:09

ESA Although they were launched only five months ago, ESA’s trio of Swarm satellites are already delivering results with a precision that took earlier missions 10 years to achieve. Engineers have spent the last five months commissioning the identical satellites and carefully guiding them into their orbits to provide the crucial measurements that will unravel the mysteries of Earth’s magnetic field. Swarm has a challenging task ahead. Together, the satellites will measure and...

ISS Ham video in action
2014-05-06 04:30:49

[ Watch the Video: Ham Video Premieres On Space Station ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While amateur radio enthusiasts have been able to communicate with astronauts on the International Space Station since its inauguration in 2000, a new digital amateur television (DATV) transmitter installed in the Columbus laboratory will add a visual element to those conversations, the European Space Agency announced on Monday. For the past 14 years, people on Earth...

Latest Galileo Satellite Has Arrived At ESA’s Test Center
2014-04-30 04:24:24

ESA Europe’s latest Galileo navigation satellite has arrived at the Agency’s technical center in the Netherlands for testing, as the previous two satellites are prepared for shipping to French Guiana for launch this summer. The new satellite traveled safely enclosed within an air-conditioned and environmentally controlled container from manufacturer OHB in Bremen, Germany, to ESA’s Technical Centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The container was unsealed only once the...

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...

Astronomers Discover Mature Galaxies In A Young Universe
2014-04-30 04:33:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online With the assistance of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have located a young galaxy rotating in a calmer, more mature manner similar to more developed ones like the Milky Way. The galaxy, which has been dubbed S0901, has apparently completed the accumulation of its gas reservoir, the ESA explained in a statement Tuesday. When galaxies form, they build mass by gravitationally attracting...

ESA Astronaut Andreas Mogensen’s Mission Name Links Cosmos And Earth
2014-04-28 03:54:07

ESA ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen’s mission next year to the International Space Station now has a name: iriss. The winning proposal was submitted by Filippo Magni, from Italy, and was selected from over 700 suggestions received from across Europe. The name for Andreas’ 10-day mission combines Iris and ISS. Iris was a Greek goddess, the messenger of the gods of Olympus and the personification of the rainbow. As messenger, she represents the link between humanity and the cosmos, and...


Latest European Space Agency Reference Libraries

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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2012-03-03 12:41:58

Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 28, 1983 at 11:00 AM (EST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on December 8, 1983 at 3:47 AM (PST). The shuttle orbited 167 times at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 4.3 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes, and 24 seconds. This mission was the first time 6 people were carried into space on one shuttle, and it carried the first Spacelab mission and the first European crew member, Ulf Merbold of...

DeWinne
2012-01-13 17:47:21

Frank De Winne is a Belgian Air Component officer and an ESA astronaut. He was born Frank Viscount De Winne on April 25, 1961 in Ledeberg, Belgium. He is married to Lena Clarke and has three children from a previous marriage. He enjoys football, concerts, and gastronomy. In 1979, he graduated from the Royal School of Cadets, and in 1984, he graduated from the Royal Military Academy with a Master of Science degree in Engineering. In 1991, after graduating from the Belgian Air Component at...

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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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