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  • 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.

  • Plasma technology could help produce sustainable oxygen supply for human colonies on Mars

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 30th, 2018

    A future human colony on Mars will need a sustainable oxygen supply for its operations in the harsh Martian environment. A new research conducted by a team of Portuguese-French scientists suggests that plasma technology could be the key to producing the necessary amount of oxygen for crew activities on the Red Planet.

  • 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.

  • Thales Alenia Space opens its subsidiary in Poland

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 9th, 2015

    Thales Alenia Space (TAS ), a European aerospace company, announced Monday, June 8, that it has opened its subsidiary in Poland. During a press conference in Warsaw, the newly-created Thales Alenia Space Polska (TASP ) revealed its plans to strengthen cooperation with the Polish Space Agency, local research centers and industry to support Poland in the construction […]

  • Indian PSLV rocket launches array of international satellites aloft

    Jason RhianJune 30th, 2014

    The Indian Space Research Organization or “ISRO” successfully launched five satellites to orbit including the French Earth Observation Satellite Spot 7 as well as four other co-passenger satellites from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. Liftoff took place at 12:22 a.m. EDT (0422 GMT) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center. The ISRO utilized the PSLV-C23 launch vehicle to carry out the […]

  • Advanced ‘SPHERE’ exoplanet Imager sees first light

    Paul Scott AndersonJune 6th, 2014

    Taking actual photographs of distant planets orbiting other stars is no easy task, and even in the best ones obtained so far, the planets still only look like tiny points of light. A new advancement in this area though promises to improve our view of these worlds.