Latest Jean-Jacques Dordain Stories

2011-06-21 06:15:00

The director general of the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday that the International Space Station faces tough times as a result of the U.S. shuttle program ending. Jean-Jacques Dordain said the scheduled phase-out of the U.S. space shuttle meant "we are not in a very comfortable situation, and that's just a euphemism." "The biggest lesson from the international space station program is entirely the lack of a joint transportation policy," he said at a press conference on the...

2011-05-06 06:30:00

What is the future of spacecraft now that the space shuttle program is in the final stages of winding down? Perhaps it could be a program that places heavy payloads into orbit without the need for manned missions if a partnership between the US and European space agencies can be worked out, BBC News is reporting. European Space Agency's Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain explains that a fresh concept being considered to bring materials or supplies to the International Space Station (ISS)...

2011-05-04 14:59:50

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli's mother, Maria, passed away on Monday while he is still serving on the International Space Station. The crew honored Paolo's mother this afternoon with a short ceremony. Paolo was notified immediately in a private call, following the preference he expressed before the mission for such an event. Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, and Thomas Reiter, ESA Director for Human Spaceflight and Operations, contacted Paolo to express ESA's condolences and assure...

2011-03-23 09:45:10

The Council of the European Space Agency has appointed a team of Directors who will assist the Director General in the reorganized structure that takes effect on 1 April 2011. The motive for changing the structure of the organization is to make ESA even more competitive and efficient to increase its added value for Member States and third parties. The timing is associated with the start of the third mandate of the Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain. The Director General wanted the Council...

2011-01-22 08:59:26

Romania took a step further in its relations with ESA by signing the Accession Agreement to the ESA Convention on 20 January 2011, to become the 19th ESA Member State. The signing ceremony took place at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, with the participation of Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, Teodor Baconschi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marius-Ioan Piso, President and CEO of the Romanian Space Agency, and cosmonaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu, Chairman of the...

2011-01-15 06:35:00

Europe is set to add two new types of rocket to its launch fleet in French Guiana, in a move that is being hailed as a space "revolution," European Space Agency (ESA) head Jean-Jacques Dordain said Friday. ESA's Ariane 5 heavy launcher will be joined by Russia's medium-sized Soyuz, and by a new European-designed rocket, Vega, for smaller payloads. "2011 will be the year of the launchers," Dordain said at a press conference at ESA headquarters. This represents a major change in the way ESA...

2010-12-07 14:02:06

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Portugal joining ESA as a Member State, Jos© Mariano Gago, Portuguese Minister of Science and Higher Education, and Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA's Director General, met today at Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisbon. For Portugal, becoming a Member State has been essential to foster the development of new cluster of activity. Around 30 companies, many of them start-ups, have been created with a focus on space technologies. Over one...

2010-11-27 15:30:00

Ministers in charge of space activities representing the Member States of the European Space Agency and the European Union met in Brussels today for the Seventh Space Council. Today's Council was jointly chaired by Sabine Laruelle, the Belgian Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, the Self-employed, Agriculture and Science Policy, on behalf of the EU Competitive-ness Council, and Giuseppe Pizza, Italian State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, University and Research, on behalf...

2010-10-30 13:06:58

"Space represents our future". "Europe could become world leader in a certain number of domains that use space." These were some of the statements made by top-level European leaders at the conference held at the European Parliament's hemicycle on October 26-27 under the theme 'A new space policy for Europe'. The focal point of the different debates was the new dimension that the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on December 1, 2009 provides for the European Space Policy and for...

2010-10-20 10:48:02

Natural disasters occur yearly on all continents, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and turning millions into refugees. In 1999, as a result of Hurricane Mitch in Central America, the International Charter "ËœSpace and Major Disasters' was initiated to provide aid workers with satellite data over affected areas. The Charter was founded by ESA and the French space agency, CNES, and formally began operating in October 2000. The Charter supports relief efforts and allows...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'