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News Archive / Tagged: ESA

  • Orion service module completes testing at NASA’s Plum Brook Station

    Michael ColeJanuary 23rd, 2017

    SANDUSKY, Ohio — The European-built Orion service module is progressing successfully through its campaign of testing in preparation for EM-1, scheduled for late 2018. Engineers and technicians at NASA's Plum Brook Station testing facility in Sandusky, Ohio, carried out an exhaustive series of tests on the service module test article throughout 2016.

  • Orion update for January 2017

    Mackenzie KaneJanuary 18th, 2017

    Before the end of 2016, progress on NASA's Orion capsule for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) took some significant leaps forward. The coming year looks to be no different – with the crew-rated spacecraft being prepared for its first flight atop SLS.

  • NASA delays contract awards for asteroid mission spacecraft

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 17th, 2017

    NASA is delaying contracts and other awards for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), originally planned for early this year, by a few months because of uncertainty about the space agency's budget.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: 12 years ago, Huygens touched down on Titan

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 14th, 2017

    Twelve years ago, on January 14, 2005, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Huygens probe touched down on the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, where it collected images and data about a world viewed by many scientists as an analog of early Earth.

  • ISS’ power generation system to get crucial update

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 3rd, 2017

    Two upcoming International Space Station (ISS) spacewalks slated for January are expected to result in a crucial update of the orbital lab’s power generating system. Expedition 50 crew are scheduled to venture outside the ISS on Jan. 6 and 13 in order to replace the old nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries on the station’s truss structure.

  • Success, setbacks and silence: 2016 in review

    Jason RhianDecember 31st, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The past 12 months, for good or ill, have redefined space exploration. In 2016, efforts to expand the space frontier both resumed and retracted, visionaries made bold claims, while legends fell silent forever.

  • Orion service module engine shipped to Europe

    Bart LeahyDecember 17th, 2016

    NASA has shipped the Orion spacecraft’s main engine to Europe to be integrated with the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which serves as the backbone of Orion’s Service Module.

  • ESA commits to ISS participation through 2024

    Derek RichardsonDecember 4th, 2016

    At a two-day meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, the European Space Agency’s 22 member states approved a commitment to extend European participation in the International Space Station (ISS) program to 2024. ESA is the final partner agency to do so.

  • What’s next for ESA’s ExoMars mission?

    Jason RhianNovember 27th, 2016

    ExoMars. The word elicits images of a mission fraught with change, turmoil, and misfortune. Exomars is a mission that has persistently pushed past hurdle after hurdle to make its way to the Red Planet. With the recent loss of the Schiaparelli Lander, that trend does not appear to be changing.

  • Schiaparelli may be dead but TGO saves the ExoMars mission

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 24th, 2016

    More than one month has now passed since the arrival of Europe’s ExoMars mission at the Red Planet. Although the mission’s Schiaparelli module has crashed onto the Martian surface, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) is in excellent shape and prepares for science operations.

  • NASA microthrusters succesfully used on ESA’s LISA Pathfinder

    Joe LatrellNovember 20th, 2016

    Q: What's harder than moving a spacecraft around in space? A: Holding it perfectly still. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has been testing the ST7-DRS on board the European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder spacecraft.

  • ESA’s Sentinel 2B spacecraft steps into the spotlight

    Jacques van OeneNovember 17th, 2016

    NOORDWIJK, the Netherlands — The European Space Agency is preparing to launch the Sentinel 2B spacecraft atop a Vega rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. The mission was highlighted during a tour conducted in the Netherlands – and SpaceFlight Insider was there.

  • Soyuz MS-03 to send trio to ISS

    Derek RichardsonNovember 15th, 2016

    A new trio of space flyers is gearing up to launch toward the International Space Station. Launching atop a Soyuz rocket, the crew in their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft is slated to leave terra firma at 2:20 a.m. local Kazakh time Nov. 18 (3:20 p.m. EST / 20:20 GMT Nov. 17) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Ariane 6 gets full funding from ESA

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 12th, 2016

    Full funding for Europe’s new Ariane 6 launch vehicle has just been secured on Nov. 9 by ESA as the agency signed an amendment to its earlier agreement with Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), the rocket’s manufacturer. The new deal unlocks $1.9 billion; the remainder of $2.6 billion for the development of Ariane 6 stipulated in an August 2015 agreement.

  • NASA spacecraft eyes remains of ESA’s Schiaparelli lander

    Eric ShearOctober 22nd, 2016

    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) confirmed the ExoMars team's worst fears by photographing recently added features on the surface of Mars at Meridiani Planum believed to have been created by a crash landing of Europe's Schiaparelli test lander. The demonstrator entered Mars' atmosphere at Mars Oct. 19. All seemed to be going well until the signal cut off about 50 seconds before its planned touchdown.