TAG: European Space Agency

What the ‘Brexit’ vote means for EU space programmes, Galileo

June 29, 2016By
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A Kingdom Divided: Whither EU Space Programmes? Good grief, it has been a wild week or two. I was hoping that I wouldn’t need to talk about the incredible, excruciating UK referendum on European Union membership, but as the result has gone to the “leave” campaign, I feel obliged to pick over the wreckage. What does a UK exit from... read more

Four-satellite Galileo Ariane 5 dispenser in place

June 14, 2016By
A four-satellite dispenser for Galileo's Ariane 5 is shown during shaker testing at Airbus Defence and Space near Bordeaux, France. The dispenser has had four Galileo engineering models attached to it for test purposes.
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News from the European Space Agency (ESA) Following rigorous testing in France and Germany, a new type of dispenser designed to carry four navigation satellites into orbit at once is now in French Guiana, in place for Galileo’s first Ariane 5 launch later this year. The dispenser is an essential element of launch success, with a double role to play.... read more

Galileo 13 and 14 satellites ready for Tuesday launch

May 23, 2016By
Europe's 13th and 14th Galileo satellites being encapsulated inside their launcher fairing. (Photo: ESA)

Galileos 13 and 14 are scheduled to lift off at 08:48:43 GMT (05:48:43 local time, 10:48:43 CEST) on May 24 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana atop a Soyuz launcher. The first three stages of the Soyuz rocket take the Galileo satellites and their Fregat upper stage into low orbit nine minutes after liftoff. Then the reignitable Fregat, as much... read more

Galileo satellites 13 and 14 prepare for launch

May 18, 2016By

Another pair of Galileo navigation satellites is scheduled for launch by a Soyuz rocket on May 24 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, bringing the Galileo system a step closer to operational use. This video gives an overview of Galileo and shows Galileo 13 and 14 in preparation in Kourou. It includes an interview with Paul Verhoef, ESA director of... read more

ESA to host 2016 Summer School on GNSS at JRC

March 24, 2016By

The European Space Agency (ESA) will host its Summer School on GNSS program for students July 18–29 at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Varese, Italy. The 11-day event is open to graduate students that have studied more than three years; Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers younger than 35 years old; and young engineers and professionals in the industry... read more

ESA to research monitoring of ground hazards affecting transportation

March 15, 2016By
Live Land is a satellite-based land monitoring system developed under ESA’s ARTES Integrated Applications Promotions programme. It offers transport operators increased information on geological hazards, such as landslides and subsidence that affect assets. (Photo: ritish Geological Survey NERC)

Operators of UK transport networks will be the first to benefit from Live Land, a satellite-based land monitoring system developed through the European Space Agency (ESA). Transport operators across the UK face significant challenges in monitoring and detecting landslides and subsidence across their networks. Geological hazards in the vicinity of roads and railways can disrupt business and communities. The Live Land demonstration... read more

Septentrio reference station receivers now shipping to UNAVCO

February 1, 2016By
The Septentrio PolaRx5 GNSS receiver.

Septentrio has started shipments to UNAVCO of its all new multi-frequency PolaRx5 reference receiver. This follows the 2015 announcement by UNAVCO that Septentrio was selected at the Geodesy Advancing Geosciences EarthScope (GAGE) Facility preferred vendor for next-generation GNSS reference station products. The PolaRx5 incorporates Septentrio’s most advanced multi-frequency GNSS engine, with support for all major satellite signals including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou,... read more

Galileo constellation now 12 after Thursday’s launch

December 17, 2015By
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The pace of deploying Europe’s own satellite navigation system continued to increase with today’s launch of the latest pair of Galileo satellites, doubling the number of satellites in space within nine months. read more