BepiColombo lines up for second Mercury flyby

The ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission is gearing up for its second close flyby of Mercury on 23 June. ESA’s spacecraft operation team is guiding BepiColombo through six gravity assists of the planet before entering orbit around it in 2025. Like its first encounter last year, this week’s flyby will also bring the spacecraft to within about Read More

easyJet signs up for space-enabled digital skies

Passengers on board commercial airline easyJet will speed to their destinations faster and greener, thanks to an ESA-backed initiative to digitalise the skies. The Iris system uses satellites to connect pilots digitally to air traffic controllers, so that flight routes can be optimised. Pilots will be able to fly the most efficient routes, saving time Read More

Earth from Space: Glacier Bay, Alaska, with video

Part of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, which lies along the coast of southeast Alaska, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. Covering over 13 000 sq km of rugged, snow-capped mountains, freshwater lakes, glaciers and deep fjords, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is one of the highlights Read More

ENAIRE recovered 95.1% of flights in May compared to the record levels of 2019

Domestic traffic reaches 97.8% ENAIRE managed over 180,000 flights in the fifth month of the yearThe recovery of air traffic in Spain exceeds the European average by 8.7 percentage pointsThe flights managed in Seville rose by 9.1%Third consecutive month of traffic growth in the Balearic Islands Air traffic is gradually continuing to recover to pre-pandemic Read More

SpaceX beats thunderstorm by minutes launching an Egyptian satellite Nilesat-301 to orbit!

June 8th 2022 - SpaceX launches an Egyptian satellite Nilesat-301 and liftoff was just ahead of a marine warned thunderstorm complex to the southwest at 5:04 PM EDT 21:04 UTC from launch complex 40 Cape Canaveral Florida. First Stage Falcon 9 booster B-1062-7 (its seventh flight) successfully landed on JRTI down range and the satellite Read More

SESAR Project – part of the H2020 European Union Framework Programme

• Airport System Protection from Intruding Drones (ASPRID) is studying innovative ways to protect airports from drone incursions • The project carried out testing of a system to demonstrate its positive impact on threats from unauthorised drones in airport environments • With a duration of two years, ASPRID shares the knowledge and resources from seven Read More

ENAIRE reinforces the number of controllers in anticipation of a summer season

….expected to rival the record number of flights in 2019 Special operation until 30 September The staffing is being expanded in every region: South (+9.6%), Canary Islands (+9.0%), East (+8.2%), Balearic Islands (+5.9%) and Central-North (+1.7%)The number of active controllers across the network has increased by 6% since 2019The strategy of having more air traffic Read More

NASA’s Artemis I Moon Rocket Arrives at Launch Pad

...Ahead of Tanking Test  At approximately 8:20 a.m. EDT, NASA’s Artemis I Moon rocket arrived at the spaceport’s launch complex 39B after an eight-hour journey ahead of the next wet dress rehearsal attempt.   Teams will work to secure the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft and mobile launcher to ground support equipment at the Read More

World Environment Day: ESA supports shift to a greener world

Celebrated each year on 5 June, World Environment Day focuses on awareness of environmental challenges and action to protect planet Earth. Take a look at five ESA-supported projects that use satellite data and services to address specific environmental problems. ESA is planning to boost the use of green technologies through its proposed space for a green Read More