Germany Invests 3.3 Billion Euros in European Space Exploration, Becomes ESA’s Largest Contributor

  • Three years after the last ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level, held in Lucerne, Switzerland, government representatives from the 22 Member States met in Seville, Spain, on 27 and 28 November 2019 and committed a total of almost 14.4 billion euro [$15.87 billion] for space programmes over the next few years.
  • Germany is contributing 3.3 billion euro [$3.6 billion] to ESA programmes focusing on Earth observation, telecommunications, technological advancement and commercialisation / NewSpace.
  • At 22.9 percent, Germany is now ESA’s largest contributor, followed by France (18.5 percent, 2.66 billion euro), Italy (15.9 percent, 2.28 billion euro) and the United Kingdom (11.5 percent, 1.65 billion euro).
  • The ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level is the highest political decision-making body, and it defines the content and financial framework for ESA’s space programmes every two to three years.
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NASA Orders Independent Review of CASIS Management of ISS National Laboratory

CASIS is the non-profit organization established to manage research on the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory. There has been criticism over the years of CASIS’ leadership and its commercialization of ISS research.

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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CASIS, Cobra Puma Golf Plan Announcement for Tuesday

casis_new_logoJoint Announcement Between CASIS and COBRA PUMA Golf
August 18, 2015
1 p.m. EDT

Join leaders from COBRA PUMA Golf USA (CPG) and the Center for the Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS) on Tuesday August 18, 2015 for a press announcement at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Expected speakers include CASIS President & Executive Director Gregory H. Johnson, CPG President & CEO Bob Philion, CPG Director of Research & Development Mike Yagley and a special appearance from PGA Tour player and CPG Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler.

For those unable to attend in person, this event will be live-streamed through:

http://www.cobragolf.com/product-launch

Editor’s Note: Last year, CASIS and CPG  announced plans to conduct an investigation on the ISS National Laboratory that would research materials aimed at enhancing its future product lines.

 











What Alexander Gerst Will Research on ISS

German astronaut Alexander Gerst training for experimental work. (Credit: DLR)
German astronaut Alexander Gerst training for experimental work. (Credit: DLR)

DLR PR — On 28 May 2014, the German ESA astronaut flew to the ISS for a six-month stay, during which he is expected to work on some 100 experiments

How can turbine blades be made lighter and at the same time stronger? Can an electrical conductor create a magnetic field capable of protecting a spacecraft from the solar wind? What can we learn from the physiological changes that occur in astronauts’ bodies when they are in space that could be useful for people on Earth?

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