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  • First ignition for ESA’s low-cost, reusable rocket engine
    on November 18, 2022 at 9:45 am

    With first ignition, ESA’s reusable, next-generation Prometheus rocket engine development project has taken a step toward hot fire testing. Ongoing work at prime contractor ArianeGroup’s facilities in Vernon, France is being carried out using the Themis reusable stage demonstrator as a test […]

  • ESA sets sights on space transportation ecosystem
    on November 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Economic activity on Earth relies on a large logistics infrastructure – everything we buy and consume, and every trip we make, depends on a global transportation network connecting trucks, ships, aircraft, warehouses supported by fuel systems, maintenance services and communications. The same […]

  • To orbit and back with Space Rider
    on November 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Europe’s bid to deliver a return-to-Earth service for in-orbit transportation and research projects is rapidly taking shape, with teams working on the Space Rider spacecraft gearing up for a series of drop tests in 2023. Drop tests with small-scale models will be followed by a full-scale test in […]

  • Space Transportation development ‘an investment in Europe’s future’
    on November 14, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Europe has a strong heritage in launch, with Ariane 5 leading the market for many years and Ariane 6 being prepared to take over this role. Meanwhile, the Vega launch system has showcased Europe’s capacity for innovation, notably with the inaugural flight of Vega-C on 13 July. In Space […]

  • Ticket to ride with Boost!
    on November 7, 2022 at 11:00 am

    In line with global trends, the European space transportation sector is under transformation – with more and more commercial actors taking the entrepreneurial challenge of proposing, developing and operating new services under private leadership. Acknowledging that a thriving commercial space […]

  • Ariane 6 assembly timelapse
    on October 25, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Video: 00:02:22 At Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, a test model of the Ariane 6’s central core has been assembled for the first time. Ariane 6 is the first Ariane rocket to be assembled horizontally, which is simpler and less costly than more traditional vertical assembly. One of […]

  • Press briefing on Ariane 6 progress and preparation
    on October 19, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Video: 00:56:31 Press briefing on Ariane 6 progress at ESA Bertrand HQ, 19 October 2022: (l-r at front) Stéphane Israël (Arianespace Chief Executive), André-Hubert Roussel (ArianeGroup Chief Executive), Philippe Baptiste (CNES Chairman and Chief Executive), Josef Aschbacher (ESA Director […]

  • Ariane 6: Launchpad testing
    on September 12, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Video: 00:03:57 It has been an exciting and busy summer for the European Space Agency, with development and testing of its new Ariane 6 launcher. At Europe’s spaceport in, French Guiana, a test model of the launcher’s central core was assembled for the first time. Ariane 6 is the first […]

  • Vega-C launch in slow motion
    on July 22, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Video: 00:04:50 ESA’s new Vega-C rocket lifted off for its inaugural flight VV21 on 13 July 2022 at 15:13 CEST/13:13 UTC/10:13 local time from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. This video features shots of the launch from different angles.With new first and second stages and an […]

  • Highlights of the inaugural Vega-C launch
    on July 13, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Video: 00:02:35 ESA’s newest launch system has faced its first full validation test, carrying LARES-2, a scientific mission of the Italian space agency ASI, and a secondary payload package of French, Italian and Slovenian research CubeSats.