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News Archive / Author: Jacques van Oene

A native of the Netherlands, van Oene became ‘infected’ with the ‘space virus’ by an enthusiastic school teacher in 1981. Since 1994 he has been a freelance space photographer and writer for magazines and websites in Holland, Belgium and ‘Spaceflight’, the magazine of the British Interplanetary Society. van Oene is also the co-founder and CFO of SPACEPATCHES.NL. This Netherlands-based foundation currently produces all the official Soyuz crew patches for the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos.

Articles By Jacques van Oene

  • ESA details construction of Sentinel-5P satellite and Tropomi instrument

    October 15th, 2017

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands — The Sentinel-5P satellite was launched atop a Russian Rockot rocket at 12:37 p.m. local time (5:37 a.m. EDT / 09:27 GMT) Oct. 13, 2017, from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. During a webcast before liftoff, a number of the key players in the development of the mission discussed building the satellite and its state-of-the-art Tropomi instrument from the European Space Agency's technical heart in the Netherlands.

  • BepiColumbo readied to start journey to Mercury next year

    July 7th, 2017

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands — On Thursday, July 6, the European Space Research and Technology Centre put the new BepiColumbo spacecraft on display. ESTEC, the largest ESA site in Europe as well as the test center for all major ESA satellites, played host to an event denoting that the twin spacecraft are just 15 months away from launch.

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

    November 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 TMA-03M capsule now on display in the Netherlands

    September 20th, 2016

    NOORDWIJK, the Netherlands — The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft found its permanent new home in the Space Expo Museum in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. An event was hosted at the museum to honor the spacecraft component.

  • Peake: Soyuz blowing itself apart, ‘exciting!’

    June 26th, 2016

    COLOGNE, Germany — On Tuesday, June 22, European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake gave his first press conference three days after landing back on Earth in a Soyuz descent module. Peake gave a presentation at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, where he provided details about his mission.

  • ESTEC hosts Open House Day

    October 5th, 2015

    NOORDWIJK, the Netherlands — On Sunday, Oct. 4, on the 58th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik-1, ESA’s technical heart and the largest space site in Europe, ESTEC, opened its doors to the public as part of the Netherlands weekend of science and World Space Week. This was only the 4th time that ESTEC opened its doors to the public.

  • Astronaut to test drive rover from International Space Station

    September 5th, 2015

    On Monday, Sept. 7, ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen will, for the first time, perform a groundbreaking space experiment called Interact. Interact was developed by ESA/ESTEC Telerobotics & Haptics Lab in close collaboration with the Technical University of Delft’s Robotics Institute.

  • Failure to launch: Full scale Shuttle External Tank stuck at Green Cove

    April 23rd, 2015

    GREEN COVE SPRING, Fla — A full-scale “model” of one of the Space Shuttles’ orange External Tanks which once resided at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is in a similar position to Tom Hanks’ character in the 2004 movie The Terminal. The component, which once wowed tourists, now sits rusting as it awaits the […]

  • Work platform for NASA’s Space Launch System delivered to VAB

    April 11th, 2015

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — The support structure for NASA’s new super heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System or SLS, had another element delivered to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 10, 2015. The work platform delivered on Friday will allow engineers and technicians to work on a section of the launch vehicle […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: STS-61C – Delays before disaster

    January 12th, 2015

    Space shuttle mission STS-61C was scheduled to be the last flight of 1985 with a launch date set for Dec. 18. As it turned out it would be the first launch of 1986 and more important the last successful shuttle mission for almost two years. But it seemed that Columbia, the orbiter tapped to fly the […]

  • Arianespace ready for final Ariane-5 flight of 2014 with DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16

    December 2nd, 2014

    The sixth launch of an Ariane-5 rocket is scheduled to take off on Dec. 4 between 8:38 p.m. and 9:48 p.m. from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana. Flight VA221 will see the Ariane-5 flying in the ECA configuration with two satellite passengers: DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: STS-9 – The first flight of Spacelab

    November 28th, 2014

    On Nov. 28, 1983 Space Shuttle Columbia was launched for the 6th time on a flight that had several “firsts.” The most significant was that this mission saw the first use of the European-built Spacelab module. A second major first was that among the STS-9 crewmembers there was a citizen of another country aboard a U.S. […]

  • ASTRA 2G communications satellite launch delayed due to faulty Proton

    November 26th, 2014

    The 7th Proton rocket launch of 2014 and the 400th launch overall for the venerable booster, since first lifting off in 1965, was set for flight at 03:24 a.m. (4:24 p.m. EST) on Nov. 28, from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Proton M variant of the launch vehicle, contracted under an International Launch Services (ILS) […]

  • Insider Photo Exclusive: ESA’s IXV space plane undergoes final tests before launch

    September 5th, 2014

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands — If everything goes according to schedule a European VEGA rocket will lift off from Europe’s Spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana at 9 a.m. local time (8 a.m. EDT, 1200 GMT) on November 18. Its payload will be the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle or “IXV.”  The  IXV vehicle is developed by the European Space Agency (ESA […]

  • Orbital’s Antares rocket with Orb-2 mission for NASA slips to July 11

    June 30th, 2014

    Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital ) of Dulles, Va., will try to launch their Antares rocket on a Cygnus orb-2 Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission on July 11 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s (MARS) Pad 0A at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The root cause of the delay stems from an Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AJ-26 engine that was designated for […]