E(xploration) = M(issions) & C(rew) Squared Off: The Future of the ATV After 'Albert Einstein'

NASA image of the conical Orion crew capsule, attached to an ESA-built Service Module. The X-shaped “windmill” configuration of solar arrays is clearly visible. Image Credit: NASA

On Saturday, Europe’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4)—named in honor of German-born physicist Albert Einstein—is scheduled to dock at the International Space Station’s Zvezda module. The […]

ESA Pushes Forward with Ariane 6 Despite Criticism

ESA Launch Vehicle Director Antonio Fabrizi with the family of European launchers. Photo Credit: ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) has replied to the criticism moved by the Air and Space Academy about the Ariane 6 design, on June 7.

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ISS: A Future Beyond 2020?

Will the ISS survive past 2020? Photo Credit: NASA

 

Use of ISS is, per Section 501 (a) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010[1], to be operated until 2020. Although since the 2010 NASA Act was written NASA has talked about extending the use of ISS beyond 2020 […]

Ariane 5 Boosts 'Albert Einstein' Automated Transfer Vehicle to Orbit

Arianespace successfully launched an Ariane 5 rocket this evening with its payload of the Albert Einstein ATV cargo vessel traveling to the International Space Station. Image Credit: ESA / DUCROS David

Europe’s mammoth Ariane 5 rocket has successfully boosted the fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4)—named in honor of German-born physicist Albert Einstein—into orbit, […]

'Albert Einstein' Primed for Space Station Resupply Mission

Ten days after leaving Earth, the Automated Transfer Vehicle, boasting its unique X-shaped configuration of solar arrays, will dock with the Zvezda module of the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Europe’s second-to-last Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4), named in honor of German-born physicist Albert Einstein, will roar aloft from the Guiana […]

New Crew Ready for Six-Month Space Station Mission

Soyuz TMA-09M crewmembers (from left) Karen Nyberg, Fyodor Yurchikhin, and Luca Parmitano will spend almost six months aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

The International Space Station is set to return to its normal six-person strength this week, with the launch and docking of Soyuz TMA-09M and its crew of Russian […]

Britain's Tim Peake Assigned to Six-Month ISS Mission in 2015-16

Pictured during training in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) space suit, Tim Peake will be the first official British astronaut whose mission has been sanctioned and financed directly by the U.K. government. Photo Credit: NASA

Four years after his selection as a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut candidate, Britain’s Tim Peake has been […]

NASA, ESA Sign Agreement for Orion Service Module

NASA and the European Space Agency or “ESA” have announced plans to develop a version of the Orion spacecraft that will incorporate components provided by ESA. Image Credit: NASA

In a major development for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program, NASA yesterday announced the signing of contracts with the European Space Agency to […]