Category Archives: ESA

Lesson learned? Problems with Schiaparelli EDM started already on Earth.

On May 24 ESA announced end of the investigation, which continued since anomaly and crash of the Schiaparelli EDM on Mars surface on October 19, 2016. Lander was destroyed after it hit into Mars surface after seven months of space journey, which started on March 14, 2017. During attempt of controlled reentry and landing EDM lander…
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Cheops will fly on the top of the Soyuz-ST in 2019

On April 6 2017 it was officially announced, that Cheops satellite designed by Airbus Defence and Space for ESA will be delivered to orbit in 2019 by Arianespace. Decision was made to favor of Arianespace and surely will strengthen position of the Company as leading launch service provider on European market. Contract will be officially signed within…
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Two landing zones chosen – another step into ExoMars 2020

European Space Agency and Roscosmos decided about designating two landing zones of future lander and rover send under ExoMars in 2020. Two days ago on Tuesday, 28 march ESA announced about another step to ExoMars 2020. Agency decided to designate two landing zones, where possibly will land lander with martian rover onboard. Both places were…
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New opportunities from Arianespace with extended Vega

One of the launch vehicles remaining in the disposition of Arianespace, Vega rocket, will soon show extended capability of delivering and deploying small satellites. Vega, made y Avio, is smallest from launch vehicles offered by Arianespace on the market. According to European Space Agency, Vega will soon be equipped with new payload adapter. This will…
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Swarm-B after close pass near post soviet space debris

ESA decided to cancel maneuver planned for 25 January 2017 and let Swarm-B satellite to fly freely close to piece of space debris. Pieces of space debris from weighing around 3 t before self destructive explosion, post soviet Kosmos-375 ASAT satellite remains on orbit since 1970. Particle piece, which was considered as potential thread is…
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Thales Alenia Space grabbed contract for ExoMars 2020

ExoMars mission delayed for 2020 and suffering for problems with organization and budget reaches next key point. Thales Alenia Space signed contract with ESA to complete activities concerning ExoMars. Contract was signed on 16 December 2016 and opened door for receiving by Thales Alenia Space additional funding given previously by the decision of ESA Ministerial…
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Welcome Galileo !

On 15 December 2016 , European Galileo navigation system officially entered to service after European Commission announced about starting of Galileo Initial Services. Finally after five years of launching satellites to orbit, constellation reached number of 18 and it was possible to start Galileo Initial Services. It is important moment in the history of ESA…
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ESA will continue cooperation under ISS program until 2024

It was rather sure, that ESA will participate in ISS for additional years. But official agreement finishes time of assumptions and opens next period in cooperation with NASA on Low Earth Orbit. It should not be surprising, that Charles Bolden, Administrator of the NASA, expressed his joy after official confirmation of participation of ESA in…
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End of the EDM – ESA confirmed failed landing

EDM lander deployed from Trace Gas Orbiter on October 16, 2016, should perform gently touch down somewhere on 4710 square kilometers elliptical landing zone at Meridiani Planum on October 19. According to present news from ESA, lander reached landing zone, but later it probably crashed after preliminary deployment from conical shaped upper part of heat shield…
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Schiaparelli after separation from TGO – ESA still without telemetry data

ExoMars mission, joint project of ESA and Roscosmos, has just entered into its most crucial phase - EDM lander was deployed and we are waiting for successful landing on Mars surface and final confirmation of EDM condition with telemetry data. After seven months since launching on atop of Proton-M from Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 14,…
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