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Herschel Space Observatory Running On Fumes
2013-03-05 15:58:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency said Tuesday that its Herschel Space Observatory is beginning to wrap up its mission. Famous for its ability to view the sky in the entire wavelength range from far-infrared to submillimeter, the space observatory is beginning to run out of its supply of liquid helium coolant. ESA says Herschel is running on its last fumes and will be running empty in the coming weeks. Herschel first launched on May 14,...

Deep Space Antenna Readies For Operation
2012-10-31 07:04:34

European Space Agency Report One of the world´s most sophisticated satellite tracking stations is nearing inauguration in Malargüe, Argentina, 1000 km west of Buenos Aires. The new station will ensure reliable communications with missions voyaging hundreds of millions of kilometers into our Solar System. ESA´s new tracking station, near the town of Malargüe in Mendoza province, joins two existing stations in Spain and Australia to provide global...

Control Of The Metop-B Weather Satellite Handed Over To EUMETSAT By ESA
2012-09-21 10:31:28

Yesterday, at 18:30 local time EUMETSAT took control of Metop-B operations, following the three-day Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) conducted by the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) of the European Space Agency (ESA). The handover follows the launch of Metop-B on 17 September. Since Monday evening, teams at ESA´s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, have been busy day and night during the Launch and Early Orbit Phase. As planned, they checked all of...

Weather Satellite Set To Blast Into Space
2012-09-07 13:41:00

Later this month, Europe´s newest meteorology satellite, MetOp-B, will blast into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome. For mission control teams at ESA, liftoff marks the start of 72 hours of intense focus during the mission´s critical launch and early orbit phase. MetOp-B is the second of three MetOp polar-orbiting satellites procured on behalf of Eumetsat, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, by ESA from a European industrial consortium led by...

Weather Satellite For Operations Handed Over By ESA
2012-07-17 10:13:21

Since the launch of MSG-3, ESA´s mission controllers have been working to ensure that this latest weather satellite´s voyage to 36 000 km above the Equator runs smoothly. With MSG-3 healthy and now in its place of work, ESA has handed operations over to Eumetsat. The third Meteosat Second Generation satellite took to the skies on an Ariane 5 rocket on 5 July from Europe´s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Once fully operational, it will deliver essential information...

Weather Monitoring Satellite Meteosat Launches
2012-07-08 05:52:47

[ Watch the Video ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The latest in a series of European Space Agency (ESA) geostationary meteorological satellites was successfully launched into space late last week, the organization has announced. In a July 6 press release, ESA officials confirmed the Thursday launch of an Ariane 5 rocket carrying the third Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-3) probe. The vehicle departed from a spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre in...

ESA’s Mission Control Ready For Launch Of MSG-3
2012-07-04 16:46:59

Europe´s new meteorology mission is set to soar into space on an Ariane 5 from Kourou on 5 July. Just 34 minutes later, ESA´s team of expert mission controllers will begin shepherding the satellite through the critical first steps of its life. ESA developed the MSG series of satellites in close cooperation with Eumetsat — the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites — and ESOC is responsible for the complex ℠LEOP´ — the...

Terraforming Landscape For A Robotic Rover
2012-05-07 08:25:24

Challenged to design a background for a small rover controlled from space, students in Germany have delivered a futuristic cityscape. The cool space art will be seen by astronauts in orbit via the rover´s camera eye as they remotely control their avatar later this year. The ultimate goal is for robot astronauts to roam around hazardous places like Mars and asteroids guided by human controllers safely orbiting overhead in their spacecraft. As a first step, ESA is linking the...

Image 1 - Galileo Satellites Handed Over To Control Center In Germany
2011-11-05 04:06:29

Europe´s first two Galileo satellites have reached their final operating orbits, opening the way for activating and testing their navigation payloads. Marking the formal end of their LEOP Launch and Early Operations Phase, control of the satellites was passed Nov. 3 from the CNES French space agency center in Toulouse to the Galileo Control Center in Oberpfaffenhofen in Germany. Oberfaffenhofen, operated by the German Aerospace Center DLR, will be in charge of the satellites'...

Image 1 - ERS Satellite Missions Complete
2011-09-12 09:33:03

  After a final thruster firing last week to deplete its remaining fuel, ESA's venerable ERS-2 observation satellite has been safely taken out of service. Ground controllers also ensured the space environment was protected for future missions. The mission ended on 5 September, after the satellite's average altitude had already been lowered from 785 km to about 573 km. At this height, the risk of collision with other satellites or space debris is greatly reduced. The final...


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