Satellites detect methane plume in Nord Stream leak

Following unusual seismic disturbances in the Baltic Sea, several leaks were discovered last week in the underwater Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, near Denmark and Sweden. Neither pipeline was transporting gas at the time of the blasts, but they still contained pressurised methane – the main component of natural gas – which spewed Read More

Minerva Mission highlights with video

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will soon complete her second mission to the International Space Station, Minerva. She was launched from Kennedy Space Center in late April, and since then has supported numerous European and international science experiments, as well as taken responsibility for all operations within the US Orbital Segment. In July 2022 she Read More

Eight steps to advance ESA diversity

Diversity and inclusiveness are at the heart of the ESA’s values and are high on the ESA Agenda 2025 as key elements to complete the ESA Transformation. Eight steps, aimed at advancing these values as concrete initiatives, will pave the way for continuous improvement. The strategic challenge to focus on diversity and inclusiveness will contribute Read More

Ariane 6 takes next step to first flight with upper stage hot fire tests

ESA’s flagship Ariane 6 launch vehicle programme has taken a dramatic step towards first flight with the start of a series of hot fire tests of the rocket’s upper stage and its all-new Vinci engine. These tests, which began on 5 October 2022, represent a significant step forward thanks to the specially-built P5.2 test bench Read More

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 Launches to International Space Station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station Read More

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 Launch Less Than Two Hours Away

Coming up soon, technicians will close the hatch to the Dragon, sealing the astronauts inside for their historic journey to the International Space Station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission. About 45 minutes prior to the targeted liftoff, the SpaceX launch director will conduct a poll of NASA and SpaceX mission managers to see if they Read More

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches Two Key SES Commercial C-band Satellites

Atlas V launched SES-20 and SES-21 to deliver TV, radio and critical data transmission services in support of the FCC’s 5G national transition  A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the SES-20 and SES-21 satellites in a dual-satellite configuration lifted off on Oct. 4 at 5:36 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 at Read More

Space-enabled sports photo app put through its paces

Innovative satellite-enabled technology that delivers photos of amateur sporting events to competitors in seconds has been showcased at a 5k run held at Harwell campus in the UK. Backed by ESA, British firm AWOL began developing the service in 2020 and it is now used at triathlons, marathons and swimming events across the country. ESA’s Read More