United Launch Alliance Atlas V to Launch Two Commercial C-band Satellites for SES

  What:           A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch the SES-20 and SES-21 mission. The SES-20 and SES-21 mission features two twin all-electric 702SP satellites equipped with C-band payloads that will usher in the Federal Communications Commission’s 5G Fast initiative. Where:            Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Read More

Europe’s new weather satellite sets sail

The first of Europe’s Meteosat Third Generation satellites is now safely aboard a ship and making its way across the Atlantic to French Guiana where it will be readied for liftoff in December. Once launched into geostationary orbit, 36 000 km above Earth, this new satellite, which carries two new extremely sensitive instruments, will take Read More

Gateway: ESPRIT

In brief ESPRIT is the name for ESA’s elements for the Lunar Gateway, and part of Europe’s contribution to the creation of the international outpost orbiting the Moon. The name is an abbreviation of European System Providing Refueling Infrastructure and Telecommunication, that shows the variety of functions that ESPRIT provides to the lunar Gateway. In-depth Read More

ENAIRE improves flight efficiency by making greater use of continuous descent operations

47% of the approaches authorised in Málaga in 2021 were green, the highest of any major European airportThe airports of Gran Canaria (43%), Palma (38%), Barcelona (36%) and Madrid (28%) also stood out in this metricThis helps save fuel in aircraft and reduces atmospheric emissionsThe average use of "green" descents in Spain between January and Read More

Webb and Hubble capture detailed views of DART impact

Two of the great space observatories, the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, have captured views of a unique experiment to smash a spacecraft into a small asteroid. Observations of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) impact mark the first time that Webb and Hubble were used to simultaneously observe Read More

ESA business boosts small space companies

ESA continues to break down barriers and create more opportunities for small companies to get involved in space. Start-up companies and small enterprises offer agile and bespoke development adding value to Europe’s future space economy. One of the greatest concerns for a startup entering the space domain is securing its first contract. However, by 2020 Read More