Airbus with new contract for CNES MicroCarb satellite

Airbus Defence and Space was chosen to build new research satellite for French space agency CNES.  Airbus announced about grabbing contract for designing and manufacturing of new research satellite for CNES. It will be MicroCarb, satellite for measuring level of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere. Mission of the satellite (which start is planned for 2020) […]

Mars InSight with green light from NASA !

After multiple problems in the end of 2015 and with increasing probability of halting NASA participation in program on 2016, we have NASA final voice in discussion. InSight will start its mission in 2018 in first possible launch window. InSight (Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport) was one of fundamental Mars research missions, example […]

ALTAIR – European smallsat launch vehicle program under French leadership

European Union and Switzerland are going to participate in budget of new venture for reusable space launch vehicle designed especially for nano and small satellites. General trend in space industry for developing alternative solutions for lift small satellites for less found understanding in Europe. Under European program of technology innovation, European Horizon 2020, new project founded […]

Methane not magic – Merlin mini research satellite under French-German cooperation

Restrictions of Kyoto Protocol are not only referring to carbon dioxide but also to methane. But in case of this gas, cars and industry are not main problem – source of methane are livestock farming and usage of fossil fuels. One of biggest issues with methane is fact that its effect on global warming is […]

InSight after problems on December 2015 is put into question

Problems with leakage in SEIS seismometer which is one of crucial onboard instruments on InSight Mars lander could threat all program. Problems started on November 2015 when first leakage was spotted, but CNES specialists managed to repair it and keep the schedule. Unfortunately on 21 December 2015, when during test of SEIS performed by French scientist […]

InSight Mars mission delayed to next launch window – until 2018 !

Main research instrument failure holds InSight Mars mission for about two years to next launch window. NASA announced about postponing launching of Mars InSight lander to 2018. During extreme cold temperatures tests on Monday, 21 December 2015, one of main instruments – SEIS seismometer – failed to keep vacuum which is necessary for seismometer to operate. It […]