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Ariane 5 – Ariane 6 money fight

The French and German governments remain so far apart on a future space-launch policy for Europe that officials are now privately talking about canceling a December conference of European space ministers or stripping it of…


Another ATV delivery in the making

The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) “Georges Lemaître” has begun preflight checkout in the Spaceport’s clean room facilities, following its arrival in French Guiana for a scheduled Ariane 5 flight next year. As the fifth and…


Bye, Albert E. ATV

ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry, Albert Einstein, completed its five-month mission to the International Space Station by reentering the atmosphere today and burning up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific…


Up for the burn

ESA’s supply and support ferry ATV Albert Einstein has served the International Space Station faithfully since it was launched from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana in June. Its mission comes to an end next week…


NIRspec ready

ESA has completed the Near-Infrared Spectrograph, one of two instruments it is contributing to the international James Webb Space Telescope, a space observatory set for launch on an Ariane 5 rocket in 2018. The James…


Timelapsed into space

ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle, ATV Albert Einstein, was launched into orbit from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 15 June 2013. This time-lapse movie shows the transfer of Ariane 5 from the assembly…


Up with Alphasat

Watch the replay of an Ariane 5 liftoff with Alphasat on board on 25 July, 2013, from French Guiana. Alphasat is a large telecommunications satellite primarily designed to expand Inmarsat’s existing global mobile network. It…