ESA's GAIA satellite is scheduled to be sent aloft by a Russian Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Centre on 19 December 2013. Webcast start time : 8h52 (UTC).
The Russian Rockot light launcher lifted off on schedule this Friday 22 November from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome carrying the three ESA scientific satellites dedicated to studying Earth’s magnetic field.
The European Space Agency’s three Swarm satellites are scheduled to be placed into low-Earth orbit (460-530 km) on 22 November from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia, by a Rockot launcher. Their objective is to gather crucial data about Earth’s magnetic field with a suite of instruments that CNES and its partners helped to develop.
Due to recently-discovered technical issues, ESA has decided to perform additional verifications on its Gaia satellite and requested that Arianespace postpone the Gaia launch initially scheduled for November 20, 2013. New launch date on December 20, 2013.
CNES and Astrium sign IASI-NG contract in the presence of Geneviève Fioraso, Minister for Higher Education and ResearchOctober 18, 2013
Friday 18 October, CNES and Astrium signed the contract to develop the IASI New Generation atmospheric sounder (IASI-NG) and build 3 flight models for an investment of more than €230 million.
From 2014, Europe's GAIA satellite will gather billions of items of observational data on stars and other celestial objects in our galaxy. But are the data processing centres ready and able to handle such huge volumes of information on a daily basis? To find out, a dress rehearsal was held in early September.
The 215th Ariane rocket of the history, 71th Ariane 5, orbited 2 telecommunications satellites, on thursday 29 August, from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre. The launcher lifted off at 17h30 (Kourou), 22h30 (Paris).
On 6 August 2012, we followed Curiosity’s Mars landing live on our website. One year on, the rover is in great shape and on course for its primary target, Mount Sharp.
The third catalogue of data from the European XMM-Newton satellite, launched in 1999, is now available to scientists along with a more precise map than ever of stars and other very-high-energy events emitting X-rays.
Alain Fuchs, President of CNRS, the French national scientific research agency, and Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES, signed a new three-year partnership agreement Tuesday 16 July at CNRS headquarters in Paris.