ESA Helps Business Fly in Space

On 29 April 2016, ESA astronaut Tim Peake controlled, from the International Space Station, a rover nicknamed Bridget at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, UK, as part of an international experiment to prepare for human–robotic missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. In this image, the rover experiment control team located at ESA’s ESOC mission control centre, Darmstadt, Germany, watch closely as Tim commands Bridget. (Credit: ESA)

DARMSTADT, Germany (ESA PR) — New ‘cubesat’ technology and falling launch costs mean that businesses, universities and other organisations are increasingly able to launch their own small satellites. Now ESA is offering facilities and know-how to help them fly.

In an innovative offering for Europe’s emerging space ecosystem, ESA is providing access to ground facilities – control rooms and ground stations – as well as know-how for those aiming to get their own small satellites into space.

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British Astronaut Tim Peake Visits Airbus Portsmouth to see Revolutionary Eutelsat Quantum Satellite

Eutelsat quantum satellite (Credit: Airbus)

PORTSMOUTH, England (Airbus PR) – Airbus’s Portsmouth site played host to British ESA astronaut Tim Peake today to see the latest revolutionary telecommunications satellite being built at the factory.

The Eutelsat Quantum satellite, being manufactured by Airbus and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), is the world’s first geostationary telecommunications satellite that will be fully reconfigurable in orbit. The satellite is being built under a public, private partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA), the satellite operator Eutelsat and Airbus.

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UK Space Agency Allocates 1.4 Billion Euros to ESA Budget

UK_space_agencySWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — UK Space Agency allocates more than €1.4 billion over the next five years to European Space Agency programmes at the Council of Ministers in Lucerne, Switzerland.

  • €670.5 million investment in satellite technology for UK industry and science, including telecommunications, Earth observation, navigation and satellite services supporting every sector of the economy, including
  • €23 million to build on UK leadership of ESA’s climate change monitoring programme, based at the ECSAT facility in Harwell, Oxford.
    €82.4 million for the next phase of the ExoMars programme, to put a British-built rover on the surface of Mars.
  • €71 million for ESA’s International Space Station programme to 2021 and for the future of deep space exploration, building on the legacy of Tim Peake’s Principia mission

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Space Station Crew Lands Safely

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth at 5:15 a.m. EDT (3:15 p.m. Kazakhstan time) Saturday after wrapping up 186 days in space and several NASA research studies in human health.

Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra of NASA, flight engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos touched down southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

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British MPs Call for More Robust Space Program

UK_space_agencyHouse of Commons Science and Technology Committee
Press Release

As the countdown to Major Peake’s return to Earth on the 18 June begins, the Commons Science and Technology Committee finds a buoyant UK satellite and space sector, poised for greater economic success. It warns, however, that Major Peake’s Principia mission must be a call to action, and a catalyst to drive the UK’s development of a national space programme and spaceport.
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15 Years of ESA on the International Space Station

Astronaut Umberto Guidoni, STS-100 mission specialist representing the European Space Agency (ESA), records activity on the Zvezda Service Module following hatch opening and the reunion of STS-100 crew members with the three members of the Expedition Two crew. This image was taken with a digital still camera. (Credit: ESA)
Astronaut Umberto Guidoni, STS-100 mission specialist representing the European Space Agency (ESA), records activity on the Zvezda Service Module following hatch opening and the reunion of STS-100 crew members with the three members of the Expedition Two crew. This image was taken with a digital still camera. (Credit: ESA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — On 23 April 2001, Italian ESA Umberto Guidoni made history as the first European astronaut to board the International Space Station.

Guidoni had been launched on four days earlier, on 19 April, on Space Shuttle Endeavour as part of its seven-strong STS-100 crew from Kennedy Space Centre, with a liftoff at 20:41 CEST.

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Planet of the Apes Arriving Much Earlier Than Expected

Video Caption: Life on board the International Space Station isn’t all about serious science. Sometimes, astronauts put on gorilla suits and chase their coworkers around in zero gravity.

Life on board the International Space Station isn’t all about serious science. Sometimes, astronauts put on gorilla suits and chase their coworkers around in zero gravity. Well, it happened once that we know of, anyway. Retired astronaut Mark Kelly recently shared video on Twitter showing his twin brother Scott dressed up like a giant primate. Further, he’s floating through the ISS in pursuit of fellow denizen Tim Peake.

One Twitter user commented, “…not a side effect of spending a year in space that I would have predicted…” Another wrote, “I think it’s time to come home.” Scott Kelly will be doing just that in March, as his year-in-space mission is coming to an end.

UK Celebrates Tim Peake’s Launch to Space Station

Students celebrate Tim Peake's voyage to the space station. (Credit: UKSA)
Students celebrate Tim Peake’s voyage to the space station. (Credit: UKSA)

SWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — Tim Peake has successfully launched into space, becoming the first Brit to undertake a long duration mission on the ISS.

The launch was celebrated across the UK as millions of people watched the live feed and over 15,000 people gathered at launch events across the country to wave Tim on his way.

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British Astronaut Arrives at Space Station for 6-Month Stay

Tim Peake arrives at Space Station. (Credit: ESA/NASA)
Tim Peake arrives at Space Station. (Credit: ESA/NASA)

PARIS, Dec. 15, 2015 (ESA PR) — ESA astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonaut commander Yuri Malenchenko arrived at the International Space Station today, six hours after their launch at 11:03 GMT.

The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft docked with the Space Station at 17:33 GMT. The astronauts opened the hatch at 19:58 GMT after checking the connection between the seven-tonne Soyuz and the 400‑tonne Station was airtight.

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Send Your Computer Code to Space With Tim Peake

AstroPi_LogoLONDON (UKSA PR) — Leading UK space organisations have joined forces with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake and Raspberry Pi to offer students a chance to devise and code their own apps or experiment to run in space. Two Raspberry Pi computers are planned to be flown to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Tim’s 6 month mission and both will be connected to a new “Astro Pi” board, loaded with a host of sensors and gadgets.

Launched today (10 Dec 2014) at an event held by the UK Space Agency, the Astro Pi competition will be officially opened at the BETT conference (21-24 January) and will be open to all primary and secondary school aged children who are resident in the United Kingdom. The competition will be supported by a comprehensive suite of teaching resources that are being developed by ESERO-UK and Raspberry Pi.

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UK Wants Spaceport, More ISS Research

UK_space_agencyBy Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

The UK is looking to spend £25 to £50 million ($41.9 to $83.8 million) on a spaceport because it believes that “after the US, the UK has the best chance to be the second country in the world to enable spaceplane operations.”

That’s the word from the UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills (DBIS), which recently published “Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision for Science & Research: A Consultation on Proposals for Long-Term Capital Investment in Science & Research.”

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