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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Astrium Wins ESA Contracts to Design Ariane 6

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Astrium, Europe’s leading space technology company, €108 million worth of prime contractor agreements covering the development of the Ariane 6 and Ariane 5 ME launchers. The contracts follow on from the decisions reached at the ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Naples on 20-21 November 2012.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

MSG-3, Europe’s Latest Weather Satellite, Delivers First Image

Today, the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument on MSG-3 captured its first image of the Earth. This demonstrates that Europe’s latest geostationary weather satellite, launched on 5 July, is performing well and is on its way to taking over operational service after six months of commissioning.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Galileo Pathfinder GIOVE-A Retires

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has put the GIOVE-A satellite into retirement, ending a successful extended mission for the European Commission’s Galileo satellite navigation programme under the supervision of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

ESA’s Water Mission Improves Satellite Measurements

Over a dozen radio signals that have hindered data collection on ESA’s SMOS water mission have been switched off. The effort also benefits satellites such as NASA’s Aquarius mission, which measures ocean salinity at the same frequency.

Friday, June 29th, 2012

ESA and China Collaborate to Take Earth Observation to New Heights

ESA and China have been cooperating through the Dragon Programme since 2004 to encourage the use of Earth observation in China. Building on the success of the past years, the programme is taking on more momentum as it enters its third phase.

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Role of Earth Observation for Sustainable Development Featured at Rio+20 Summit

The role of Earth observation for sustainable development was analyzed during the Rio+20 Summit, a three-day conference held in Brazil. A blueprint to ensure environmental protection, reconsider economic growth and advance social equity was accepted in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Now, after 20 years, members from governments, non-governmental

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

European Earth Observation Satellites Face Delays at Three Launch Sites

Three European Earth observation missions that had been scheduled for launch this summer are now facing delays of undetermined length because of unrelated issues at three different launch sites, European government officials said. The latest delay is to the European Space Agency (ESA) Swarm mission to study Earth’s magnetic field. The three Swarm satellites were

Friday, May 25th, 2012

GMES in Action Conference in Copenhagen

The ‘GMES in Action’ conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 4–5 June, highlighting the usefulness of Europe’s space programme for the GMES Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative to decision-makers and European citizens alike.

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