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Glitch delays launch of Europe's exoplanet hunter

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:49 PM

CHEOPS, short for CHaracterising ExxOPlanet Satellite, will seek to better understand what exoplanets are made of – an important step in the long quest to unravel the conditions required for extraterrestrial life

Exoplanet file photo from Shutterstock

Vega rocket fails after takeoff in French Guiana

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:47 PM

It is the first failure after 14 successful launches of Vega – Arianespace's lightweight launcher – since operations began at the Guiana Space Center in 2012

ROCKET FAILURE. In this handout file photo taken on December 5, 2016 in Kourou, French Guiana, and released by the CNES shows the launching of a Vega rocket from the European Spaceport. File photo by CNES/AFP

Ariane 5 satellites in orbit but not in right location

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:52 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Both satellites were confirmed separated, acquired and they are on orbit,' Arianespace says in an updated statement

LIFTOFF. An Ariane 5 rocket blasts off from the Kourou Space Centre (Europe spaceport) carrying four Galileo satellites, on December 12, 2017, in Kourou, French Guiana. File photo by Jody Amiet/AFP

Europe launches fresh satellite pair for sat-nav system

May 24, 2016 - 11:31 PM

The Galileo sat nav system should be able to provide a more precise signal than the US Global Positioning System GPS according to its developers

epa05326671 A handout image issued by CNES on early 24 May 2016 showing the lift-off of Soyuz flight 15 carrying the 13th and 14th satellites of European satellite navigation system Galileo, at CNES space port in Kourou, Guyana. Galileo will be used for maritime, rail, air, land, relief and rescue operations, agriculture or oil exploration. Galileo will guarantee Europe vis-Ã -vis independence of the United States and Russia, removing the dependence on the American GPS system. The Galileo program consists of a constellation of 24 satellites (+6 spare) placed on three medium circular orbits (MEO) at an altitude of 23222 km from Earth. The launch of two new satellites in the night from 24 to 25 May, Galileo will bring to 14 the number of satellites in the constellation. The European navigation system will cross one more step towards the dissemination of the first services to users with the orbiting of the 13th and 14th satellites. An 8th launch of another pair of satellites is expected at the end of 2016. EPA/ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE / P. PIRON / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Einstein's theory of relativity faces satellite test

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:05 PM

The mission of the Microscope orbiter is to test the basis for our modern understanding of gravity

A handout picture taken on April 25, 2016 and released by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows a Soyuz VS14 rocket lifting off from the European space centre at Kourou, French Guiana. / AFP PHOTO / AFP / S. MARTIN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE / S MARTIN " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Two Galileo satellites lose their way

Aug 23, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Observations taken after the separation of the satellites from the Soyuz VS09 rocket for the Galileo Mission show a gap between the orbit achieved and that which was planned

GALILEO. A handout photograph from the European Space Agency (ESA) showing the Soyuz rocket launching European's fifth and six Galileo satellites from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, 22 August 2014. Photo by EPA/ESA/Arianespace

Europe launches two navigation satellites

Aug 23, 2014 - 1:24 PM

The satellites are part of the Galileo navigation system designed as an alternative to the existing US Global Positioning System GPS and Russia s Glonass

LIFT-OFF. A handout photo released by ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE on August 22 shows a Russian-built Soyuz taking off from Europe's Kourou space center, in French Guiana. Photo by AFP/ESA-CNES-Arianespace/P Baudon