One of the first European Communications Satellites (ECS) to cover the whole European continent is being put into retirement after 15 years of dedicated service. The ECS-4/Eutelsat I-F4, was launched in September 1987 and has far outlived its projected life-span.
ESA is offering industry the opportunity to use a van fully equipped to demonstrate the next generation of advanced mobile multimedia equipmentand applications.
Tomorrow’s spacecraft will be capable of generating more data than they can transmit to Earth. In some cases, this could be more data than can even be comfortably handled by today’s computational methods. What benefits are there for us in this flood of data?
The European Space Agency recently proposed to representatives of the world’s major satellite Earth observation organizations a pair of initiatives to support the plan for sustainable development adopted by the summit held last summer in Johannesburg, South Africa.
ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, carrying the Beagle 2 lander, was launched on 2 June 2003, arriving in the vicinity of Mars in December. The separation of Beagle 2 from Mars Express took place flawlessly on 19 December. The satellite continued its mission with its successful insertion into a Mars orbit on 25 December, the day on which Beagle 2 was due to land.
The first radio contact with Beagle 2 was expected shortly after the scheduled landing time but no signal was received.
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