Cheops will fly on the top of the Soyuz-ST in 2019

On April 6 2017 it was officially announced, that Cheops satellite designed by Airbus Defence and Space for ESA will be delivered to orbit in 2019 by Arianespace. Decision was made to favor of Arianespace and surely will strengthen position of the Company as leading launch service provider on European market. Contract will be officially signed within […]

Thales Alenia Space grabbed contract for ExoMars 2020

ExoMars mission delayed for 2020 and suffering for problems with organization and budget reaches next key point. Thales Alenia Space signed contract with ESA to complete activities concerning ExoMars. Contract was signed on 16 December 2016 and opened door for receiving by Thales Alenia Space additional funding given previously by the decision of ESA Ministerial […]

Welcome Galileo !

On 15 December 2016 , European Galileo navigation system officially entered to service after European Commission announced about starting of Galileo Initial Services. Finally after five years of launching satellites to orbit, constellation reached number of 18 and it was possible to start Galileo Initial Services. It is important moment in the history of ESA […]

End of the EDM – ESA confirmed failed landing

EDM lander deployed from Trace Gas Orbiter on October 16, 2016, should perform gently touch down somewhere on 4710 square kilometers elliptical landing zone at Meridiani Planum on October 19. According to present news from ESA, lander reached landing zone, but later it probably crashed after preliminary deployment from conical shaped upper part of heat shield […]

Schiaparelli after separation from TGO – ESA still without telemetry data

ExoMars mission, joint project of ESA and Roscosmos, has just entered into its most crucial phase – EDM lander was deployed and we are waiting for successful landing on Mars surface and final confirmation of EDM condition with telemetry data. After seven months since launching on atop of Proton-M from Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 14, […]

Schiaparelli after preparations for Mars landing !

ESA have uploaded special strings of commands to order its Mars lander, Schiaparelli space probe, to prepare for deploying Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module from Trace Gas Orbiter. EDM will land on Mars surface at 14:18 GMT on 19th October 2016 on Meridiani Planum in the middle of storm dust season. It is second […]

Mission accomplished – thank you Rosetta !

ESA finished its probably most ambitious mission focused on deep space exploration. Yesterday, after mild descent, Rosetta space probe touched the rocky surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Yesterday all employees at ESA’s control center in Darmstadt, Germany, had rather nervous day. Engineers and specialists from ESA were waiting to receive final confirmation of positive result of planned […]

Philae finally found by Rosetta !

It is unbelievable, that Philae lander, lost in the end of 2014, was finally found on the surface of the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko just weeks before end of mission of its mother spacecraft, Rosetta. European Space Agency managed to find Philae lander before planned for 30th September controlled crash of Rosetta on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Images of 67P rocky […]