Europe’s Columbus Module Turns 10

External view of Columbus module. (Credit: NASA)

COLOGNE, Germany (DLR PR) — The Columbus space laboratory began its journey into space on 7 February 2008 and has now been the scientific heart of European research on the International Space Station (ISS) for ten years. In microgravity, researchers gain unique insights from a wide range of disciplines from astrophysics, through materials research, to psychology and medical treatment options. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) supervised the development and construction of the ISS module on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), is involved with experiments at a research level and runs the operation from its Columbus Control Center in Oberpfaffenhofen.

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ESA & Airbus Sign Bartolomeo Commercial Payload Platform Partnership Agreement

bartolomeo platform on ISS. (Credit: Airbus Defence and Space)

NOORDWIJK, Netherlands (Airbus PR) – The European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus have signed a commercial partnership (PPP) agreement for construction, launch and operations of the commercial “Bartolomeo” platform. Airbus’ new external payload hosting facility will be attached to the European Columbus module of the International Space Station (ISS) from mid-2019.

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ESA Looks Ahead to Busy Year in Space

Video Caption: After a fruitful 2017 with many exciting launches and the end of some historic missions, ESA is ready for the year to come.

2018 will see the 10th anniversary of the International Space Station’s Columbus module and an ESA astronaut taking the helm of the ISS as commander.

There will be more launches of new Earth observation and exploration satellites and ESA will venture to the innermost planet in our Solar System.

2018 will also mark the completion of the first part of the Copernicus constellation observing the Earth and of the full Galileo constellation, Europe’s own satellite navigation system.

Canadian Astronauts Train in Europe

CSA astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques in the Columbus simulator with ESA instructor Frank Lautenschlaeger, on January 18, 2016. (Credit: ESA/Sabine Grothues)
CSA astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques in the Columbus simulator with ESA instructor Frank Lautenschlaeger, on January 18, 2016. (Credit: ESA/Sabine Grothues)

COLOGNE, Germany (CSA PR) — The International Space Station (ISS) is a busy laboratory for an assortment of science experiments and technology demonstrations. At any one time, the Station’s rotating crew of six astronauts are responsible for the success of an ever-changing lineup of 200 experiments, whose investigators hail from more than 30 countries.

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ESA Awards Astrium Study Contracts for Evolving ATV, Columbus Lab

Summary

  • Astrium to study how ATV and Columbus know-how and technologies could be used in a variety of future missions
  • Further developments to be decided at the next meeting of the ESA Ministerial Council in November 2012
  • Two studies with an envisaged value of €13 million [$16.5 million] in total — €6.5 million [$8.25 million] each

21 June 2012 (Astrium PR) — Astrium, Europe’s number-one space company, has been awarded two studies by the European Space Agency (ESA) to define how to evolve technologies used on the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) and the Columbus space laboratory for future space vehicles. The envisaged value of both studies is €13 million [$16.5 million] — €6.5 million [$8.25 million] per study.

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Italy, US agree on need for European human spaceflight

Flight Global has a report about a recent meeting held by NASA chief Mike Griffin and Italian Space Agency President (ASI) Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami to help map out an international human exploration strategy.

The story says that U.S. and Italian officials agreed that Europe needs autonomous human access to space. They also agreed that studies of nuclear propulsion and the orbital assembly of Mars spacecraft are necessary.

Italy has been heavily involved in human spaceflight, providing two nodes for the International Space Station as well as making major contributions to ESA’s Columbus module and the Automated Transfer Vehicle.