Space

Outer space 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.
Outer space 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.
Outer 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.
Outer space 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.
Outer 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.
Outer space 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.
Outer space 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.
Outer space 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.
Outer space 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.
Outer space 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.
Global Europe 21-11-2019

NATO braces for the new space age

NATO foreign ministers have formally recognised outer space as the fifth military frontier alongside air, land, sea and cyber on Wednesday (20 November), in response to growing concerns over protecting satellite and navigation assets from enemy interference.

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.
Global Europe 03-09-2019

Europe aims to clean up the space graveyard

The amount of space junk around Earth has hit a critical point where it now poses risks to other spacecraft and satellites and has started to trigger human efforts to combat the security threat in outer space.
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