Outer space

Europe granted access to the stars by SpaceX

29-07-2020

A European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut will be part of a crew bound for the International Space Station in spring 2021 aboard a SpaceX rocket. It will be the first time a European has accessed space via a non-Russian mission since 2011.

17-07-2020

Europe’s landmark solar satellite beams back first images

A joint European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA mission aimed at observing the Sun in unprecedented detail has started to beam back the first images of our nearest star this week. Scientists have already noticed features that have never been observed before.
15-07-2020

German satellite maker punches above its weight

German minnow OHB has carved out a space as a national champion in satellite building, holding its own against aerospace giants like Airbus and French-Italian firm Thales Alenia.
29-06-2020

EU to speed up space ambitions, Breton says

The European Union will plough more money into rocket launches, satellite communication and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, its space chief said on Sunday (28 June).
China 23-06-2020

China launches final satellite to complete rival to GPS

China on Tuesday (23 June) launched the final satellite in its homegrown geolocation system designed to rival the US GPS network, marking a major step in its race for market share in the lucrative sector.
15-06-2020

Europe’s solar orbiter sets controls for heart of the sun

A European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft will begin a flyby of the Sun on Monday (15 June), in order to take what scientists claim will be the closest ever photos of our solar system’s star.
02-06-2020

The Brief – Ad astra et altruism

Elon Musk’s success in blasting two astronauts into orbit provided a welcome - albeit brief - distraction from the grim situation plaguing most of the world. Humanity’s space exploits can tell us something about where society is going and, more importantly, failing.
02-06-2020

SpaceX’s historic launch gives Europe pause for thought

Elon Musk’s company’s success in becoming the first private venture to launch humans into space prompted the head of Europe’s SpaceX-equivalent, Arianespace, to claim on Sunday (31 May) that his firm is capable of the same feat.
Global Europe 01-06-2020

Russia applauds SpaceX launch but calls Trump’s reaction ‘hysteria’

Russia’s space agency criticised Donald Trump’s “hysteria” about the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from US soil in nine years, but also said on Sunday (31 May) it was pleased there was now another way to travel into space.
29-05-2020

Coronavirus delays Europe’s space rocket plans

The European Space Agency (ESA) will not launch its new generation of space rocket, the Ariane 6, in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Travel restrictions and lockdown measures have put paid to the agency’s original schedule.
28-04-2020

Satellites called in to help prevent virus traffic jams

The EU’s satellite agency is trialling a new system channelling GPS data into a traffic app that it hopes will keep the bloc’s internal borders free of traffic jams and help freight companies move goods from country to country unhindered.

Russian space agency says Trump paving way to seize other planets

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, accused Donald Trump on Tuesday (7 April) of creating a basis to take over other planets by signing an executive order outlining US policy on commercial mining in space.
27-03-2020

Astronaut tips to survive lockdown: Talk, teamwork and treats

Stick to a daily routine, stay connected with family and treat yourself occasionally - those are some of the tips German astronauts gave for surviving lockdown during the coronavirus crisis, which they said was much like their time in space.
12-03-2020

Europe’s ‘life on Mars’ mission delayed until 2022

The European Space Agency and its Russian partner, Roscosmos, announced on Thursday (12 March) that a planned mission to Mars will be postponed, blaming it on a mixture of technical gremlins and the coronavirus outbreak.
22-01-2020

EU fuels rocket programme with €100m

The European Commission announced a €100 million investment in a prototype rocket programme on Tuesday (21 January), as Europe aims to keep a firm hold in a space industry predicted to be worth €1 trillion in the coming years.
18-12-2019

EU mission to find alien worlds blasts off

Europe's CHEOPS planet-hunting satellite is set to leave Earth Wednesday morning (18 December) a day after its lift-off was delayed by a technical rocket glitch during the final countdown.
17-12-2019

Glitch delays launch of Europe’s exoplanet hunter

A technical rocket glitch during the final countdown Tuesday  (17 December) pushed back by a day the blastoff of Europe's CHEOPS planet-hunting satellite, launch company Arianespace and Russia's Roscosmos agency said.
05-12-2019

CO2-tracking satellites crucial for climate efforts, say space experts

Current Earth observation technologies are not accurate enough when it comes to monitoring carbon dioxide emissions, according to delegates at the EU’s space week in Helsinki. A new system set to launch in 2025 should change all that.
29-11-2019

European Space Agency gets astronomical budget

The European Space Agency (ESA) will enjoy a budget of €14.4 billion over the next five years, after the agency’s 22 member states agreed on Thursday (28 November) to increase funding for space exploration.
Climate change 13-11-2019

First Arab astronaut to visit ISS urges climate protection on Earth

Wearing a blue space suit with a UAE flag on one sleeve and a spaceship on the other, the first Emirati astronaut said Tuesday his mission highlighted a crucial issue – climate change.
22-10-2019

NASA wants international partners to go to Moon too

As it looks to return to the Moon, NASA is open to the idea of international participation, which could mean a non-American setting foot on Earth's natural satellite for the first time in history, global space chiefs said Monday (21 October).

Loiseau: Without arms exports, there won’t be a European defence industry

A newly created Commission department dedicated to the defence and space industries has given new momentum to the EU's defence union project. Nathalie Loiseau, head of the European Parliament’s defence committee, answered questions about where the sector is heading.
04-10-2019

Outer-space prospecting aims to boost EU’s battery plans

Space policy and efforts to boost electric vehicle uptake share a somewhat unusual link, beyond connected cars and global positioning systems: procuring raw materials could soon be made easier via satellites.
Aerospace 01-10-2019

MEPs concerned with peace should worry about the new ‘Defence Industry & Space’ unit

At Commissioner-designate Syvie Goulard’s hearing on Wednesday, MEPs should question the over-influence of the arms industry and the impact of the new DG for “Defence Industry & Space” on peace, says Laëtitia Sédou.
Batteries 26-09-2019

Sefcovic forsees ‘an Airbus for batteries, for 5G, AI, green tech’

In one of his first interviews since getting the nod to serve another five years in the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič talked about his new job, industrial policy and the "global mega-trends" the EU should lead heading into the next decade.
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