From 24 to 26 May, the first SpaceUp Paris event is being organized by a community of bloggers with a passion for space. An innovative initiative that CNES is supporting by hosting a kick-off session on 24 May at the agency’s Launch Vehicles Directorate, focusing on Ariane 6.
The second flight of ESA’s newest launch vehicle has been completed from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana to deploy the Proba-V, VNREDSat-1 and ESTCube-1 satellite payloads.
High-altitude winds over the Spaceport in French Guiana have resulted in the decision by Arianespace and the European Space Agency to postpone last night's Vega mission with three satellite on board. The launch is now scheduled for the night of May 6-7, 2013.
To carry out additional checks on the mobile gantry system used on the Vega launch complex (SLV), the European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace have decided to postpone the Vega launch VV02 for 24 hours on 3 May (Kourou), 4 May (Paris).
Among the measures adopted on Wednesday 3 April at the French cabinet meeting at the Elysée Palace, Jean-Yves Le Gall was appointed to head the board of the French space agency, becoming the 11th President of CNES.
Cyclone Haruna hit the southwest coast of Madagascar on 22 February. The very next day, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, currently chaired by France, was activated to come to the aid of the 20,000 people left homeless in its wake.
With its latest achievement, Planck - designed to remove all remaining doubts and calculate the fundamental parameters with unprecedented accuracy - has accomplished its mission.
Last November in Naples, ministers in charge of European space policy gave their blessing for a new Ariane 6 launcher designed to help Europe stay ahead in the satellite launch services market.
The Indian SARAL satellite was placed into orbit Monday 25 February from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in southern India. The satellite is carrying AltiKa, a new-generation radar instrument developed by CNES to tell us more about Earth’s climate.
The launcher smashed its own world record Thursday 7 February, lofting 10,350 kg into geostationary transfer orbit. The Ariane 5 ECA lifted off on schedule at 18:36 Kourou time, 22:36 CET, carrying 2 telecommunications satellites: Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1a.