ENAIRE joins “Target Gender Equality”, the United Nations Global Compact Programme that promotes gender equality

ENAIRE is joining the 2nd edition of the Women's Empowerment Programme, Target Gender Equality, of the United Nations Global Compact. This is an initiative with a global impact whose main objective is to integrate gender equality across all areas of the company and expand it to the value chain, including stakeholders. This gender equality accelerator Read More

Rocket tanks of carbon fibre reinforced plastic proven possible

ESA Future rockets could fly with tanks made of lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic thanks to ground-breaking research carried out within ESA’s Future Launchers Preparatory Programme. Building on earlier studies, MT Aerospace in Germany has demonstrated a novel design of a small scale tank made of a unique carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) that is Read More

XMM-Newton sees light echo from behind a black hole

For the first time, astronomers have seen light coming from behind a black hole. Using ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s NuSTAR space telescopes, an international team of scientists led by Dan Wilkins of Stanford University in the USA observed extremely bright flares of X-ray light coming from around a black hole. The X-ray flares echoed off Read More

LEDSAT at Europe’s spaceport for integration onto a Vega rocket

ESA / Members of the student team LEDSAT have travelled with their satellite and its deployer to Europe’s spaceport, the Centre Spatial Guyanais in French Guiana. This equipment will now be integrated onto a Vega rocket ready for launch later this summer! The students were accompanied by a member of ESA’s Fly Your Satellite! team. Read More

ULA Set to Launch the CST-100 Starliner Spacecraft on the second Orbital Flight Test

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on the second Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2) to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch is planned for July 30 at 2:53 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The live launch Read More

We are going

The Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission moving from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s Multi-Payload Processing Facility to the Florida spaceport’s Launch Abort System Facility on July 10, 2021. In that package is the Orion spacecraft which consists of the NASA’s Crew Module, the Crew Module Adapter and ESA’s European Service Module. Together these modules Read More

NASA Perseverance Mars Rover to Acquire First Sample

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66vjDLSt7kQ&t=1s The search for signs of ancient Martian life has begun! Perseverance is getting ready to collect its first-ever sample of Martian rock, which future planned missions will transport to Earth. The six-wheeled astrobiologist and geologist is searching for a scientifically interesting target in a part of Jezero Crater called the “Cratered Floor Fractured Rough.”  This important mission milestone is expected to begin Read More

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Europa Clipper Mission

This illustration, updated in December 2020, depicts NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft. With an internal global ocean twice the size of Earth's oceans combined, Jupiter's moon Europa may have the potential to harbor life. The Europa Clipper orbiter will swoop around Jupiter on an elliptical path, dipping close to the moon on each flyby to collect Read More

ERA launch replay

The European Robotic Arm (ERA) is on its way to the International Space Station after being launched on a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, at 16:58 CEST on 21 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1o7gc8K7Z0 The 11-m-long robot is travelling folded and attached to what will be its home base – the Multipurpose Laboratory Module, also called ‘Nauka’. The Proton-M Read More