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News Archive / Tagged: CNES

  • ArianeGroup, CNES seek to develop a reusable 1st stage demonstrator

    Jim SharkeyMarch 13th, 2019

    Increasingly fierce competition in the commercial launch market has driven established launch providers to seek ways to become more flexible and innovative.

  • Arianespace’s 2018 launch manifest closes with CSO-1 flight

    Jason RhianDecember 19th, 2018

    Arianespace's final flight of the year, that of the CSO-1 concluded the French-based company's 2018 launch manifest as well as provide greater security. It lifted off a little later than planned, but helped cap a successful year for the Paris-based firm.

  • Long March 2C sends CFOSat and seven small satellites to orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 29th, 2018

    China sent a Long March 2C booster on a mission to deliver the Chinese-French CFOSat ocean-observing spacecraft and seven smaller payloads into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) on Monday, October 29.

  • European MASCOT spacecraft successfully lands on asteroid Ryugu

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 5th, 2018

    An asteroid that could strike Earth is being studied by spacecraft, landers and rovers to provide clues about this potential threat.

  • New launch window for Mars InSight mission approved by NASA

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 4th, 2016

    NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has finally approved the new launch window for the agency’s upcoming Mars InSight mission. Liftoff of the spacecraft, initially planned for March 2016, was postponed due to a detected vacuum leak in one of its science instruments.

  • ASL acquisition of Arianespace gets green light

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 25th, 2016

    One of the biggest takeovers in the European space industry has been approved. On July 20, the European Commission (EC) informed it has cleared the way for the acquisition of Arianespace by Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) after both companies agreed to conditions imposed by the European Union’s executive body.

  • Space agencies meet to discuss space exploration

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 11th, 2015

    Representatives from 14 space agencies met on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) to discuss further steps in advancing international cooperation on space exploration. All the participating agencies form the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) – a voluntary, non-binding coordination forum to discuss global interests in space exploration.

  • ESA signs contracts for the development of Ariane 6 and Vega C launch vehicles

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 15th, 2015

    On Aug. 12, ESA signed contracts for the development of its two new launch vehicles. Under the first contract, worth 2.4 billion euros, the French company Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) will build Ariane 6 launcher in its two versions, Ariane 62 and 64. This was just the start of ESA's recent efforts to develop launch vehicles.

  • NASA and CNES agree to proceed on SWOT mission

    Jim SharkeyMay 3rd, 2014

    NASA and the French Space Agency Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) have agreed to move forward with plans to jointly build, launch and operate a spacecraft that will conduct the first global survey of the Earth’s surface water and also map ocean surface height.  On Friday, May 2, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and CNES Presisdent […]