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Vega Launcher Qualification Flight A Success
2012-02-13 10:00:53

[ Watch the Launch Replay ] The European Space Agency's (ESA) Vega launch vehicle successfully lifted off from the ground this morning. The new launch vehicle is ready to operate alongside the Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers after Monday's qualification flight in Kourou, French Guiana. ESA said that with this launch being successful, Europe now covers the full range of launch needs, including small science and Earth observation satellites, to missions like resupplying the International...

Russia Asked To Join Joint ESA, NASA Mars Mission
2011-10-16 04:23:19

The European Space Agency (ESA) has formally invited Russia to participate in a pair of space missions in 2016 and 2018, various media outlets reported late last week. According to Space News reporter Peter B. de Selding, ESA Director-General Jean-Jacques Dordain confirmed on Thursday that the organization had written to ask Roscosmos, the country's national space agency, to join the ExoMars project as a third partner alongside the ESA and NASA. The agency is hoping that Roscosmos will...

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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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2009-06-16 05:45:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday that initial launches for the Russian-made Soyuz rocket and a new light rocket called Vega will be delayed until 2010. The rockets were originally set to launch later this year. The Russian Soyuz is being added to ESA's launch pad at Kourou, French Guiana, to provide operational flexibility and manage mid-level payloads as the Ariane 5 rocket handles heavier payloads. The launch was postponed as a result of delays in a Russian-built mobile...

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2009-04-29 13:35:00

The follow-up spacecraft to Russia's Soyuz capsule may be equipped with rocket thrusters that would aid in landing. According to the BBC, engineers of RKK Energia, Russia's developer of manned spacecraft, are considering plans to use rocket thrusters for spacecraft landing. Previous missions have returned to Earth by use of a parachute or wings. The current method of Russian manned space missions involves the Soyuz capsule, which actually uses small propellers to gently aid in landing, but...

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2009-04-04 07:55:00

The Russian space agency is set to announce development plans on Monday for a next-generation manned spacecraft.Roscosmos is expected to name the ship's primary developer, which has competed to win government money for the project.  The new spacecraft should become operational towards the end of the next decade, and will replace the esteemed Soyuz capsule, the three-seat craft that has carried Russian cosmonauts into orbit for some forty years.Although Roscosmos has not publicly...

2009-02-05 19:47:27

Russia's leading spacecraft maker RSC Energia said an agreement has been reached to continue using the International Space Station until 2020. Vitaly Lopota, president of the company, said Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency have reached a verbal agreement to extend the use of the orbiter, RIA Novosti reported Thursday. Previously, the United States had said ISS missions would end in 2015. Lopota said 39 space launches are planned for this year, up from 27...

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2008-07-23 08:45:00

A sky-high agreement between Russia and Europe gave the first official glimpse of a manned spacecraft. Officials say it will one day replace Russia's Soyuz vehicle, and will also allow Europeans to take a role in crew transportation. The reusable ship is designed to carry four people towards the Moon. Some say it is comparable to the United States Ares/Orion system. The new spacecraft is designed to use thrusters to make a soft landing when it returns to Earth, a major change from previous...

2006-01-16 13:48:07

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - Europe is looking to thumb a ride for its 1 billion euro ($1.21 billion) space laboratory which has been gathering dust on Earth since the U.S. space shuttle was all but grounded after a 2003 crash. The U.S. shuttle is the only vehicle that can carry large equipment to the International Space Station and its grounding has left the European Space Agency wondering how else it might send the Columbus research center into orbit. "What we hope is for the...

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2005-01-19 07:43:07

MOSCOW (AFP) -- Russia and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed an agreement allowing Russia to use ESA's sites for space launches and allowing the two sides to freely exchange research and development information. The agreement was signed here by ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and Russian Space Agency chief Anatoly Perminov. Both sides hailed the accord as a great achievement that required four years of tough talks. The European side will allow Russia to conduct space launches...


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  • To talk saucily.
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