The first satellite of Europe’s Copernicus programme was sent aloft today, Thursday 3 April, by a Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Centre as scheduled at 18:02 local time (23:02 CET).
The small robotic lander, which will be dropped onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November, was woken from its deep-space 'hibernation' today. This is a crucial milestone in the Rosetta mission, after wake-up of the orbiter in January. CNES is ready to receive the 1st science data from Philae.
Geneviève Fioraso, France’s Minister for Higher Education and Research, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall announced Monday 17 March that French astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make his first spaceflight in late 2016.
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.