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  • ESA Navigation portfolio expanded and diversified by Ministerial Council
    on November 25, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    ESA’s Directorate of Navigation was pledged a total of €351 million by the Agency’s Member States during this week’s ESA Council at Ministerial Level on November 22 and 23. With this funding boost ESA sees its leading role in satellite navigation strengthened with a new programme FutureNAV, […]

  • Navigating the sea from space with innovative technologies
    on November 18, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Shipping is the most energy efficient form of transport, and more than 80% of goods traded globally are carried via the oceans, with a doubling in volume during the last quarter of a century. Recognising the global need for seamless maritime navigation, ESA’s Navigation Innovation and Support […]

  • Saying goodbye to Galileo 1st Generation
    on November 14, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Video: 00:04:05 Galileo is Europe’s largest satellite constellation – and the world’s most accurate satnav system. The work on Galileo began two decades ago with two test GIOVE satellites, followed by a series of operational launches.The two GIOVE satellites, the first Galileo […]

  • NASA laser reflector for ESA satnav on Lunar Pathfinder
    on November 10, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    NASA has delivered a retroreflector array to ESA that will allow the Lunar Pathfinder mission to be pinpointed by laser ranging stations back on Earth as it orbits the Moon. Such centimetre level laser measurements will serve as an independent check on the spacecraft as it fixes its position using […]

  • What is ESA’s Moonlight initiative?
    on November 9, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Video: 00:03:21 Going to the Moon was the first step. Staying there is the next ambition.ESA is a key partner in NASA’s Artemis programme, which aims to return people to the Moon by the end of the decade. Dozens of other international public and private missions are setting their sights […]

  • Testing Galileo for space
    on November 3, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Video: 00:06:36 Galileo has grown to become Europe’s single largest satellite constellation, and the world’s most accurate satellite navigation system, delivering metre-level positioning to more than 3.5 billion users around the globe. It all began at ESTEC’s Test Centre, Europe’s […]

  • ESA plans for low-orbiting navigation satellites
    on October 26, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Satellite navigation is headed closer to users. ESA’s Navigation Directorate is planning an in-orbit demonstration with new navigation satellites that will orbit just a few hundred kilometres up in space, supplementing Europe’s 23 222-km-distant Galileo satellites. Operating added-value […]

  • Mapping planet Earth for better positioning: ESA’s GENESIS mission
    on October 20, 2022 at 10:43 am

    ESA’s Navigation Directorate is planning a new satellite whose results will enable the generation of an updated global model of Earth – the International Terrestrial Reference Frame, employed for everything from land surveying to measuring sea level rise – with an accuracy down to 1 mm, while […]

  • Navigation at Ministerial Council 2022
    on October 12, 2022 at 8:56 am

    The ESA Council at Ministerial level, CM22, is a time for critical decisions. In November 2022, ESA’s Member States, Associate States and Cooperating States will come together to strengthen Europe’s space sector and ensure it continues to serve European citizens.

  • Wanted: firms to connect and guide Moon missions
    on October 3, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Are you ready to join ESA’s initiative to support European space companies to create a constellation of lunar satellites that connect and guide missions to the Moon?