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2010-10-12 11:55:56

In 2000, the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was set up on the initiative of ESA (European Space Agency) and CNES (France's Centre national d'©tudes spatiales). Its purpose is to make it easier for emergency services to access satellite data in the event of natural or man-made disasters. On Tuesday October 19, ESA, CNES and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of this Charter, which has been joined by a further seven space...

2010-06-17 14:36:47

The Council of the European Space Agency today announced that Jean-Jacques Dordain will continue as the Director General of ESA for a further period of four years. Mr Dordain has served as Director General of ESA since 2003. This third mandate extends his term to June 2015. Mr Dordain's tenure at ESA includes many important European space milestones. At the end of 2003 he signed the first Framework Agreement between ESA and the European Community, starting a new relationship that continues to...

2010-06-17 10:45:00

Pierre Lellouche, Secretary of State responsible for European Affairs in the French Government, and Werner Hoyer, Minister Delegate for European Affairs in the German Government, who are both General Secretaries for Franco-German Cooperation, visited ESA Headquarters on June 15. They were welcomed by ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, who presented the Agency and the status of the various projects it is carrying out in all areas of European space activity. During his presentation,...

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2010-03-26 13:55:00

ESA's Maxus-8 sounding rocket was launched today from Kiruna in northern Sweden carrying four microgravity research modules on a hectic 12-minute space voyage. The ultimate results may include improved turbine blades for aircraft engines. At 14:43 CET, Maxus-8 took off from the launch pad at the Esrange Space Center watched by Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA, Simonetta Di Pippo, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight, Olle Norberg, Director General of the Swedish National Space...

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2010-01-27 11:06:16

Yesterday, Mr Ren© Oosterlinck, ESA's Director of the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities, signed the first three contracts for the Galileo full operational capability phase. This event marks the start of building the Galileo operational infrastructure. The signing ceremony took place at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre at Noordwijk (The Netherlands) in the presence of Mr Matthias Ruete, Director General "ËœEnergy and Transport' of the...

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2010-01-16 13:30:26

Mr Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Prime Minister of Sweden, which currently holds the presidency of the EU, was on Monday presented with a European flag that traveled 9,262,217 km in space aboard the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. When Swedish ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang was launched into space on the Space Shuttle Discovery on August 28, the crew carried a special item: an EU flag with the famous circle of golden stars on a blue background, representing solidarity and...

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2010-01-15 16:15:00

General Jean-Jacques Dordain said on Thursday ESA is hoping to use the International Space Station as a platform to conduct research into global climate change. Dordain, ESA Director, says so far 17 proposals have been received for this project. The ISS is expected to be finished this year, with final costs around 100 billion dollars. The station will be used as a multi-purpose research facility in low orbit until at least 2015 and possibly beyond. The first two modules of the ISS were...

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2009-07-23 10:05:00

ESA and EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, signed on 20 July a Framework Agreement on the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Program. The Agreement was signed by EUMETSAT Director General Lars Prahm and ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain."This Agreement is a major step in the implementation of the GMES Programme under the overall responsibility of the European Commission. It is based upon two decades of...

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2009-07-20 12:44:50

On Monday, European Space Agency Director-General Jean-Jacques Dordain addressed the historic significance of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon on the 40th anniversary of man's first footsteps onto the planet. "Back then, it meant that US technology was stronger than Soviet technology, because it was the US flag that was planted on the Moon," he said. "But today, I think we can see this in a totally different light. The fact that it was a US flag is no longer what matters most." "I think the...

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2009-06-17 13:40:00

European Space Agency chief Jean-Jacques Dordain on Tuesday addressed concerns over the space agency's likelihood of getting all six of its new astronauts into space in the near future."They will all fly; and this is a commitment we have to them," he told BBC News during the Paris air show. "Your British astronaut will fly."That British astronaut is Tim Peake, also known as "Major Tim". Peake is among a class of astronaut candidates announced by the ESA in May. The group marks the first by...