ESA: Electronic Data Sheets- a common language for space

Designing and building equipment for space is hard enough; then comes the writing of its accompanying documentation. Creating a working space mission involves putting together a vast number of elements correctly, so such guidelines need to be clear and easy to understand. ESA is leading efforts to create standardised ‘Electronic Data Sheets’ for common use Read More

Second spaceflight for Samantha Cristoforetti video

Watch the replay of the briefing to media representatives to learn more about the next spaceflight of ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. During the event, Samantha was joined by ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration David Parker, and Italian space agency president Giorgio Saccoccia. Samantha is a member of Read More

SpaceX Experimental Test Flight of SN-10 is now scheduled for March 3rd at Boca Chica Texas

Flight termination hardware has been installed on the rocket. The landing pad has been widened and is now much thicker with a freshly painted SpaceX logo applied to it. This will be the third landing attempt by a prototype Starship rocket. For the most part SN8 & SN9 had successfull test flights with good data Read More

Ariane 5 bulkhead design assessed for Airbus airliners

An adapted version of a composite bulkhead that safeguards satellites during their ascent on the ESA-developed Ariane 5 launch vehicle has been tested for service aboard single aisle Airbus aircraft. Fitted in the rear tail cone, it would serve as a firewall to protect passengers in the event of the rear auxiliary power unit engine Read More

WDR expands HD capacity with SES on ASTRA 19.2 degrees East

Expansion of services allows German viewers to enjoy WDR’s TV programming in HD quality The leading German public broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), regional member of the ARD broadcasting group operating in North Rhine-Westphalia, has expanded its partnership with SES to secure an additional transponder for High Definition (HD) programming on ASTRA 19.2 degrees East orbital Read More

ExoMars orbiter images Perseverance landing site (labelled)

The ESA-Roscosmos Trace Gas Orbiter has spotted NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, along with its parachute and back shell, heat shield and descent stage, in the Jezero Crater region of Mars. The images were captured with the orbiter’s CaSSIS camera on 23 February 2021. The components are labelled and are seen as dark or bright Read More

ESA – Cosmic Kiss goes symphonic

An epic ‘Space Symphony’ composed by Germany’s BigCityBeats is set to add musical goosebumps to the preparations of ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer for his Cosmic Kiss space mission, thanks to a new cooperation with ESA. This autumn, ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will become the fourth German astronaut to visit the International Space Station, and the Read More

SES Extends Long-Term Partnership With Sky

UK’s leading pay-tv operator signs a multi-year, multi-transponder contract extension for satellite delivery of SD, HD and UHD channels across the UK and Ireland Sky UK has extended its contract with SES for satellite capacity in a new agreement that will add over EUR 90 million in secured backlog. This renewal is in addition to Read More

SES S.A. announces financial results for the year ended 31 December 2020

“A strong year of execution, a clear path to profitable growth and a commitment to shareholder return” Third successive year delivering EBITDA outlook despite challenging COVID-19 environment in 2020 • Growth engine Networks revenue +5% YOY(1,2), or +27% since 2017, and Video revenue of €1,108 million in line with expectations • Adjusted EBITDA(3) of €1,152 Read More