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

ULA Atlas V OFT-2 Mission Set to Launch July 30

Everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V launch carrying Boeing’s Starliner capsule on the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission. The mission is planned to lift off on Fri., July 30 at 2:53 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Today’s forecast shows a 40 percent chance of 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

Satellites for 5G to connect delivery vans seamlessly

A vehicle that remains continuously connected even when in remote areas is being road tested in Cornwall in the south west of the UK. The test vehicle will use ubiquitous communications technology to switch seamlessly between 5G and satellite networks as required. The technology was developed by Darwin Innovation Group, in collaboration with mobile telephone Read More

Reprogrammable satellite fuelled prior to launch

ESA A sophisticated telecommunications satellite capable of being completely repurposed in orbit has been fuelled ready for its launch on 30 July. Remplissage QUANTUM (CU2) au S5B, le 16/07/2021. | QUANTUM (CU2) fueling at S5B. 07/16/2021. Developed under an ESA Partnership Project called Quantum, the satellite is pioneering a new generation of fully reconfigurable satellites Read More

A European Robotic Arm to handle the Space Station

ESA The European Robotic Arm (ERA) is set for launch on a Proton rocket to the International Space Station on 21 July at 16:58 CEST. The first robot that can ‘walk’ around the Russian part of the orbital complex will be launched with the new Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan. The latest Read More