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Image 1 - First Galileo Satellite Arrives In French Guiana
2011-09-12 07:45:44

  The first Galileo navigation satellite has arrived in Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana, ready to begin preparations for launch on 20 October. Packed within its protective, air-conditioned container, the satellite landed at Cayenne Rochambeau Airport aboard an Antonov aircraft at 06:45 local time on Wednesday 7 September, having departed from Thales Alenia Space Italy´s Rome facility, where it was built. A Thales and ESA team stood ready to receive it, having flown...

GRAIL on the Launchpad
2011-09-09 06:40:25

  Thursday´s scheduled launch of the Delta II rocket carrying NASA´s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), which was postponed to Friday morning at 9:16 a.m., has been postponed again until Saturday, September 10. NASA delayed the initial launch due to upper-level winds that may have posed a threat. The space agency said the high winds at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida prevented a launch opportunity at 8:37 a.m. on Thursday. The agency pushed...

2011-08-29 16:00:00

Conference to include technology luminaries such as JavaScript guru Douglas Crockford, Google Chrome Team reps, and Ben Savage, creator of the SpacePort engine, as keynote speaker San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) August 29, 2011 Silicon Valley International Game Developers Association is today announcing the worldâs first-ever HTML5 developer conference. The conference, which will take place on September 27 at the Westin Hotel in San Francisco, will bring together thought leaders...

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2011-08-08 12:00:00

Early Sunday morning, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, Astra-1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R, into their planned transfer orbits. The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 249.6 km, an apogee altitude at injection of 35 959 km and an inclination of 2º. The satellites were accurately injected into their transfer orbits about 27 minutes and 38 minutes after liftoff,...

2011-08-04 11:29:00

DENVER, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today that The Boeing Company has selected ULA's Atlas V rocket to launch its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft. "We are pleased Boeing selected the Atlas V rocket and believe it is the right vehicle to help usher in the new commercial era in human spaceflight," said George Sowers, ULA's vice president of business development. "The Atlas V is a cost-effective, reliable vehicle and ULA stands ready to...

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2011-05-23 07:30:00

An Ariane 5 launcher lifted off on May 20 from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, ST-2 and GSAT-8, into their planned transfer orbits. Flight VA202 was the third Ariane 5 launch of 2011. Liftoff of the 58th Ariane 5 mission came at 22:38 CEST (20:38 GMT; 17:38 French Guiana). The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 249 km, an apogee altitude at injection of 35 947 km and an inclination of 2.5º. The...

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2011-05-09 08:26:33

The official ceremony marking ESA's handover of the Soyuz launch site to Arianespace took place today at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, after the site was declared ready for the first flight and the completion of a simulated launch campaign. The French space agency, CNES, as prime contractor for the building work, along with its European and Russian partners, has spent recent months qualifying the site. In March, the "Ëœacceptance review' declared that it was ready for its...

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2011-05-04 15:04:02

The final countdown before its maiden flight later this year has begun for Soyuz with a simulated launch campaign at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. This dry run ensures that the Soyuz and the new facilities work together perfectly, while allowing the teams to train under realistic launch conditions. It also validates all the procedures during the final phase before launch, except the fuelling of the vehicle.  Last Friday, one of the two Soyuz launchers already at the Spaceport was...

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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...

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2011-01-14 14:39:46

ATV-2 is almost ready for launch on 15 February from Europe's Spaceport. It will be the heaviest load ever lofted into space by the Ariane 5 rocket, making the 200th flight of the European launcher even more spectacular. ESA's latest Automated Transfer Vehicle space ferry, named after the German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler, is now fully fuelled, its oxygen tanks are filled and most of the cargo from ESA and NASA is placed inside. Only last-minute cargo of up to 400 kg will be...