Sentinel-1A after collision with piece of the space debris

ESA reported about direct contact with space debris of their radar satellite operating under Copernicus program. Incident took place on August 23, 2016, at 17:07 GMT. Very small piece of space debris hit into solar panel of Sentinel-1A satellite remaining on around 693 km circular orbit with inclination at 98.18°. Effects of the direct hit were […]

Rosetta became a single…

Communication system on Rosetta was switched off today after 19 months since first in history soft landing on comet surface performed on 12 November 2014.  One of the most recognized mission by ESA in recent years is definitely coming to its end. After announcing by European Space Agency on June 30, 2016, about setting date […]

New way for European Space policy

European Commission published six page draft document with summary of European space policy and surprising recommendation for Copernicus imaging and remote sensing satellite system. This document is preceding official document covering description and evaluation of European space policy by Directorate-General of space programs (DG GROW), which will be announced on November 2016. Draft is dated for July 8 and should […]

Final day is coming – Rosetta controlled descent planned on 30 September 2016

One of the most recognizable space probes sent by European Space Agency in recent years will finish its mission on 30 September 2016 in controlled descent on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ESA announced on June 30, that Rosetta space probe will finish its lasting for last twelve years mission on 30th September 2016. Probe is now on […]

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr at ESA Council – will ESA still participate in ISS ?

Multithreaded and enthusiastic speech given by NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr at ESA Council on June 15, 2016, put new light on NASA intentions as far as ISS is concerned. Now it is time for ESA response! On June 15, 2016 during final day of ESA Council meeting in ESA headquarters in Paris, one of […]

EDRS in action – leading laser data relay system tested again by ESA !

European Data Relay System reached first truly milestone on way of its development – first pictures were transmitted from Copernicus satellite. On 1 June 2016 ESA informed about transmission via European Data Relay System (EDRS). It was performed using Eutelsat-9B satellite to transmit to ground control station images taken by Sentinel-1A satellite operating under ESA […]

Russian “Federation” spacecraft after first tests of man-machine interface

Even if present time is not easy for Russian economy, it should not be forgotten that Yuri Gagarin performed his first space flight only 16 years after World War II when Soviet economy was still in state of shock after World War II. Russian space industry had and has great potential; it still remains a one of the […]

Johann Woerner’s problems with ExoMars – tough times are coming for ESA Mars mission ?

After postponing ExoMars mission for two years from 2018 to 2020 it seems that subcontractors of ESA will be forced to work really hard to make the delay was the last. On press conference in Prague, on May 9, 2016, Johann Woerner, Director of European Space Agency clearly expressed his dissatisfaction caused by delay with ExoMars. […]

Names of the astronauts and cosmonauts designated for ISS missions in 2017 announced

NASA, ESA, Roscosmos and JAXA have just announced names of astronauts who will fly to International Space Station in 2017. International Space Station as a biggest (and only one for the moment) habitable place in Space could not remain unused. Unique opportunity afforded by the development of science, however, requires the continued presence of the crew. International […]

ExoMars officially postponed to July 2020

 Join Russian-European Mars mission was officially moved to 2020 due the decision of Johann Woerner and Igor Komarov. Previous gossips about delays in program were unveiled in March 2016, just before successful launch of Schiaparelli EDM and TGO space probe on atop of Proton rocket on March 14, 2016 (You can read more here about launch and […]