Operators at ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, received confirmation that the Rosetta spacecraft had woken up in the early evening of 20 January. After 10 years in space, the probe is now ready to pursue its path en route to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall delivered his New Year wishes to the press at head office in Paris on Monday 6 January. He took the opportunity to chart the agency’s course and the challenges that await it in the year ahead.
The European Space Agency’s GAIA satellite was sent aloft by a Soyuz launcher Thursday 19 December from the Guiana Space Centre. Watch the launch replay !
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).
French President François Hollande was in French Guiana on Saturday 14 December to visit the facilities at the Guiana Space Centre, accompanied by CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall.
ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft, launched in 2004, is set to awake from its extended deep-space hibernation in less than 40 days as it nears its ultimate destination, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Teams at the Toulouse Space Centre are preparing for the encounter.
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.