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Arianespace Soyuz-Fregat Delivers European Radar-Imaging Satellite Into Orbit

The Soyuz-Fregat vehicle launches the Sentinel-1A radar-imaging satellite at 6:02 p.m. GFT (5:02 p.m. EDT) Thursday, 3 April. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Arianespace—the Paris, France-headquartered launch services organization, which operates Ariane, Vega, and Soyuz vehicles from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana—has successfully lofted Europe’s Sentinel-1A radar-imaging satellite into orbit. Liftoff of Arianespace’s [...]

ESA's Rosetta Lander Awake After Long Slumber, Ready for Science

From the European Space Agency: “Artist’s impression of Philae descending to the surface of comet 67P/CG.” Image Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that a crucial part of its long-slumbering Rosetta spacecraft—its Philae lander—was successfully reactivated Friday, March 28. This comes over two months after the spacecraft as a whole was [...]

Ariane 5 Successfully Launches Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A Satellites

Arianespace’s venerable launcher begins its 59th consecutive successful mission with the rousing liftoff of Mission VA-216. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Despite slightly overcast skies, Ariane 5′s 96-percent success record continues to stay strong following tonight’s rousing launch of the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A communications satellites by Mission VA-216 from the Guiana Space Centre in [...]

James Webb Space Telescope Flight Instruments and Primary Mirror Segments Ready for Assembly

The amazing mirrors that will fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will allow the James Webb Space Telescope to see farther away and further back in time to detect the light from the very first and most distant stars and galaxies. In this photo, an engineer’s crystal clear reflection is seen on the [...]

Ariane 5 Primed for Thursday Mission With Athena-Fidus and ABS-2 Satellites

Mission VA-217 will be powered uphill by the Vulcain-2 engine of the cryotechnic main stage and twin side-mounted solid-fueled rocket boosters. Photo Credit: ESA – CNES Arianespace Optique video du CSG JM Guillon

More than five months since the roar of an Ariane 5 last rocked the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, [...]

CONTACT! Europe's Rosetta Spacecraft Ends 31-Month Slumber Ahead of Cometary Encounter

Rosetta and its Philae landing craft will arrive at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. Yesterday’s successful restoration of communications with the spacecraft is the first critical step on our exciting journey to orbit and land on a comet for the first time in human history. Image Credit: ESA

A handsome prince, in the form of [...]

Gaia En-Route to L2 for Five-Year Mission of Astronomical Discovery

Characterized by the bulbous payload fairing, which encapsulates Gaia, Europe’s space observatory takes flight on Thursday, 19 December, from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Photo Credit: Arianespace/Mike Barrett

Yesterday’s successful launch of the ambitious Gaia mission for the European Space Agency (ESA) has set another spacecraft en-route for the Earth-Sun L2 [...]

Europe's Gaia Billion-Object Astronomy Mission Primed for Thursday Launch

Artist’s concept of the Gaia mission. Image Credit: ESA

After many delays, the European Space Agency (ESA) is ready to launch its ambitious Gaia mission to observe and catalog around 1 billion astronomical objects—or approximately 1 percent of the entire population of our Milky Way Galaxy—on Thursday, 19 December. Liftoff of the $1.2 billion mission [...]

Ambitious Gaia Billion-Object Astronomy Mission Delayed Until NET Mid-December

 

Artist’s concept of Gaia and the deep-space survey work it will conduct during its 5 years of baseline operations. Image Credit: ESA

Last week, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that it will delay the launch of its ambitious Gaia mission to observe and catalog around 1 billion astronomical objects—or approximately 1 percent [...]

Processing Begins in French Guiana for Mid-December Ariane 5 Mission

The cryotechnic main stage and its French-built Vulcain-2 engine are raised to the vertical in the Launcher Integration Building (BIL) at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Launch of Flight VA-216 is scheduled for mid-December. Photo Credit: CNES/Arianespace

It has been a busy year for Arianespace—the French-led launch services organization, which operates [...]