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ESA role in Europe’s first all-electric telecom satellite

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 07:39

Europe’s first all-electric telecom satellite has reached its final working orbit above the Pacific Ocean. Eutelsat-172B, built for Eutelsat by Airbus, carries new technologies developed through ESA-led projects, including fully articulated thruster arms.

Integral sees blast travelling with gravitational waves

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 14:00

ESA’s Integral satellite recently played a crucial role in discovering the flash of gamma rays linked to the gravitational waves released by the collision of two neutron stars.

ESA takes the reins of the Disasters Charter

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 13:20

When disaster strikes, a group of international space agencies pools its resources and expertise to support relief efforts on the ground. For the next six months, ESA will be leading the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as it brings information from satellites to the aid of the vulnerable. 

Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 13:10

Launched last week, Europe’s Sentinel-5P satellite – the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the air we breathe – is in excellent health.

Blue Mars

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 10:00

Space Science Image of the Week: A cloudy day over volcanic Mars, captured by the ExoMars orbiter

Week in Images

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 15:31

Our week through the lens:
9-13 October 2017

Revisit the launch event

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 11:30

From ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, watch the replay of the event to celebrate the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere

Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 11:05

The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel‑5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Liftoff replay

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 09:30

Watch the replay of the Sentinel-5P launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia

Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 08:55

The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

Plesetsk, Russia

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 08:05

Earth observation image of the week: Northeastern Russia and the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, from where the Sentinel-5P satellite is set for launch today

Hurricane Ophelia

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 14:05

The Sentinel-3 satellite captured Hurricane Ophelia as it gains strength over the Atlantic Ocean

Asteroid Luca

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 12:14

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has been on Earth since his mission to the International Space Station in 2013, but “Lucaparmitano” is now back in space thanks to an Italian astronomer.

Acquiring signals

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 09:26

Operations image of the week: ESA’s antenna in Sweden will be the first to catch signals from Sentinel-5P in space tomorrow

Global space

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 07:51

Watch replay of Global Space Economic Workshop held in Paris, 13 October

California fires

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 13:51

Sentinel-3 captured smoke from a recent outbreak of wildfires in the US state of California as they spread to the Pacific coast

Test site sightseeing

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 08:20

Technology image of the week: A young visitor explores ESA’s satellite test centre during Open Day

Follow the launch event

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 08:20

Live from ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, follow the event leading up to the launch of Sentinel-5P. Streaming begins at 08:30 GMT (10:30 CEST)

Watch Sentinel-5P launch

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 08:20

Follow the Sentinel-5P launch live from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia on 13 October. Streaming begins at 09:00 GMT (11:00 CEST), with liftoff scheduled at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST)

Secrets of hidden ice canyons revealed

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 08:00

We are all aware that Antarctica’s ice shelves are thinning, but recently scientists have also discovered huge canyons cutting through the underbelly of these shelves, potentially making them even more fragile. Thanks to the CryoSat and Sentinel-1 missions, new light is being shed on this hidden world.