On 4 January, Arianespace and Astrium signed the launch contract for the VNREDSat-1A Earth observation satellite, on behalf of the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology for whom Astrium is building the spacecraft..
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It has been revealed at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) being held in Naples, Italy in early October that the first flight of the European Space Agency’s Vega four stage launch vehicle which is operated by Arianespace had a telemetry black out during the later stages of the flight held on 13 February 2012.. Specifically, as revealed by Stefano Bianchi, Vega Project Manager, particles from the firing Zefiro 9 third stage engine effectively blocked signals from the receiver near the Kourou aunch site in French Guiana during the fairing seperation stage. In the end, the fault’s effect on the mission was minimal but this will be a concern for future missions.
Enrico Sargesse, Director General of the Italian Space Agency ASI noted in his presentation that Vega’s payload is to be increased to 3-3.5 tonnes. He foresaw that the launch vehicle would bid to launch small communications satellites heading for geostationary Earth orbit using electric propulsion for the final orbit raising from low Earth orbit. He also suggested that the International Space Station should be allowed to continue operations beyond 2020 until 2027.
The European Space Agency got its new small launcher VEGA off the pad on schedule this morning at 1000GMT, or 0600 local time in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch couldn’t have been pushed back much further – it had been scheduled for 26 January – because ESA needs to launch Ariane 5 on 9 March […]
From 8-10 December Hyperbola travelled to French Guiana for the Arianespace Ariane 5 GS launch of the French military’s Helios 2B reconnaissance satellite. Watch this 9min video to get a feel for what these press trips are like and see a bit of French Guiana
The last engine, the third stage of the new European Vega launcher, Zefiro 9, manufactured by Avio, has completed all the qualification stages and is now ready
The qualification and certification phase for the three solid propellant engines for Vega has been passed with flying colours, says Avio’s press release, but it also gives 2010 as the maiden flight date; a slip that European Space Agency director general Jean-Jacques Dordain said might happen when in January he gave a November, December target timeframe for the first flight
Go here for a video about the new European Vega rocket’s development at the Italian space Agency’s much revamped website
Visitors to China’s Zuhai air show were able to sit inside a model of the Shenzhou spacecraft and see models and other presentation materials showing the country’s plans for lunar exploration including a double lunar rover landing
Watch an interview with the European Space Agency’s Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV) project manager Giorgio Tumino and showed a new animation for its planned 2012 reentry technology demonstrator
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