About: European Space Agency

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.

Blast-off: Europe’s place in the space race

Space exploration and exploitation has traditionally been the domain of the Americans and Russians. But Europe is in the mix too, from building the machines that put satellites in orbit to harbouring dreams of mining asteroids. Here’s what the future holds.
Digital 18-12-2018

Europe has ambitious plans to explore the universe

Last spring marked 40 years since Czechoslovakian astronaut Vladimir Remek's flight to space and this year marks another anniversary. In November, the Czech Republic celebrated ten years since joining the European Space Agency (ESA). EURACTIV Czech Republic's media partner Aktuálně.cz reports.
Digital 23-08-2018

European wind survey satellite launched from French Guyana

Europe launched a rocket from French Guyana on Wednesday, to put a satellite into orbit which will track global winds, allowing for improved weather forecasting, Arianespace said.
Digital 22-08-2018

European Space Agency to launch British satellite amid Brexit tensions

A British-built European Space Agency (ESA) satellite system, Aeolus, will be launched into orbit on Wednesday evening (22 August).
Climate change 25-01-2018

Europe needs a flagship for outer space

There are few signs that the European Commission could change its 'business as usual' space strategy focusing on satellite services. Vidvuds Beldavs explains why the Commission should look to the Moon and raise its space ambitions.
Future of mobility 19-01-2018

More space for more Europe

2018 will be a crucial year to shape a stimulating new narrative for EU space policy. Jean-Loic Galle lists a couple of key points ahead of the 10th EU space policy conference taking place in Brussels on 23 and 24 January.
Global Europe 17-10-2017

It’s high time Macron or Juncker gave a speech at ESA

Europe’s leaders need to set forth the threats to Europe that could come from failure to exercise space leadership. Vidvuds Beldavs suggests what Emmanuel Macron or Jean-Claude Juncker could say to take Europe to the forefront of space exploration.
Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

Jean-Yves Le Gall: ‘Mars is the pinnacle of exploration’

The European Space Agency has its sights set on the red planet. The only real barrier to a manned mission is the length of the journey, Jean-Yves Le Gall said in an interview with EURACTIV France.
Transport 26-01-2017

Europe to enter new space race… after 2020

Brexit negotiations with the UK are forcing the European Commission to postpone funding for reusable rockets until after 2020, despite the importance of the technology for the future of European space policy.
Transport 05-12-2016

More than €10bn pledged for European space programmes

The European Space Agency's (ESA) member states have agreed to allocate €10.3 billion to new space projects. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.

The Brief: Regulate toasters for an ambitious circular economy

The European Commission will call into question the much-vaunted ambition of its Circular Economy Package, if it doesn't regulate products such as toasters and hairdryers.

Europe heads for Mars in search of life

Thirteen years after its first, failed attempt to place a rover on Mars, Europe reaches a crucial stage Sunday in a fresh quest to scour the Red Planet for signs of life, this time with Russia.
Brexit 15-09-2016

Brexit will change UK role in Europe’s space programmes, ESA says

Britain will stay in the European Space Agency when it leaves the EU, but will have to renegotiate terms to continue participating in certain projects, the ESA said Wednesday (14 September).
Transport 17-06-2016

Joint European-Russia Mars mission gets funding boost

The second part of a delayed joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has received a crucial €77 million cash injection, the European Space Agency said Thursday (16 June).
Transport 15-03-2016

Rocket takes EU and Russia on joint mission to seek life on Mars

Two robotic spacecraft yesterday (14 March) began a seven-month journey to Mars as part of a European-Russian unmanned space mission to sniff out leads to life on the Red Planet.

EU-funded earth observation satellite finally in orbit

The Jason-3 satellite has finally been put into Low Earth orbit, after several delays, and will now provide European scientists with essential data regarding the state of the planet’s oceans. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Artist's view of the Ariane 6 four boosters configuration (A64)
Transport 03-12-2014

European ministers approve new Ariane 6 rocket

European nations approved funding for a new Ariane 6 space rocket on Tuesday (2 December), pooling their resources in a single, simplified version to tackle growing international competition.

European Space Agency achieves landmark encounter with comet

The European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet yesterday (12 November), a first in space exploration and the climax of a 10-year-odyssey, but an anchoring system problem may hamper planned investigations into the origins of Earth and the solar system.
Climate change 13-08-2012

Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted

Sea ice in the Arctic is disappearing at a far greater rate than previously expected, according to data from the first purpose-built satellite launched to study the thickness of the Earth's polar caps.
Trade & Society 25-10-2011

‘Galileo’ brand thrown out of orbit

The trademarks of the Galileo satellite system are under sustained legal challenge from a US headquartered company and the Commission is considering renaming the project’s commercial arms as a result, EURACTIV has learned.
Digital 19-10-2011

EU to launch first two Galileo satellites

The first two satellites of the EU’s Galileo programme for global satellite navigation will be launched on Thursday (20 October) from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana.

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