Launcher buildup completed: DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 are both integrated for this week’s Ariane 5 liftoff

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's upcoming flight from French Guiana is now complete following integration of its two satellite passengers: DIRECTV-14 for operator DIRECTV, and the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) GSAT-16 – both of which will be orbited on this heavy-lift mission planned for December 4.

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Launcher buildup completed: DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 are both integrated for this week’s Ariane 5 liftoff

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's upcoming flight from French Guiana is now complete following integration of its two satellite passengers: DIRECTV-14 for operator DIRECTV, and the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) GSAT-16 – both of which will be orbited on this heavy-lift mission planned for December 4.

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Launcher buildup completed: DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 are both integrated for this week’s Ariane 5 liftoff

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's upcoming flight from French Guiana is now complete following integration of its two satellite passengers: DIRECTV-14 for operator DIRECTV, and the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) GSAT-16 – both of which will be orbited on this heavy-lift mission planned for December 4.

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Launcher buildup completed: DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 are both integrated for this week’s Ariane 5 liftoff

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's upcoming flight from French Guiana is now complete following integration of its two satellite passengers: DIRECTV-14 for operator DIRECTV, and the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) GSAT-16 – both of which will be orbited on this heavy-lift mission planned for December 4.

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Investing in Space

Is Space a good investment for Europe? The problems facing the world today demand innovative solutions. Space has solutions to provide. Thanks to its broad scope of capabilities, covering nearly all domains of space, ESA is boosting Europe’s ability to meet new challenges. To succeed at space missions and projects, we are constantly developing new technologies and applications. By working in Space, ESA is boosting Europe’s competitiveness and growth.

This video shows how investing in Space benefits our everyday lives and our planet, prepares our future, and how Space is an investment that pays valuable dividends, today and tomorrow.

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Investing in Space

Is Space a good investment for Europe? The problems facing the world today demand innovative solutions. Space has solutions to provide. Thanks to its broad scope of capabilities, covering nearly all domains of space, ESA is boosting Europe’s ability to meet new challenges. To succeed at space missions and projects, we are constantly developing new technologies and applications. By working in Space, ESA is boosting Europe’s competitiveness and growth.

This video shows how investing in Space benefits our everyday lives and our planet, prepares our future, and how Space is an investment that pays valuable dividends, today and tomorrow.

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Black Hole Friday

In this artist's illustration, turbulent winds of gas swirl around a black hole. Some of the gas is spiraling inward toward the black hole, but another part is blown away. A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. This can happen when a star is dying. Because no light can get out, people can't see black holes. They are invisible. Space telescopes with special tools can help find black holes. The special tools can see how stars that are very close to black holes act differently than other stars. How Big Are Black Holes? Black holes can be big or small. Scientists think the smallest black holes are as small as just one atom. These black holes are very tiny but have the mass of a large mountain. Mass is the amount of matter, or "stuff," in an object. More information on black holes. Artwork Credit: NASA, and M. Weiss (Chandra X -ray Center)

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Comet on 26 November – NavCam

This montage comprises four individual NAVCAM images taken from 30.1 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 26 November 2014. The image resolution is 2.4 m/pixel and thus each original 1024 x 1024 pixel frame measures 2.5 km across.

The four individual images making up the montage are available via the blog: Cometwatch - 26 November

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Berlin from Sentinel-1A via laser

This image of Berlin, Germany, captured by Sentinel-1A is one of the first images delivered via the precursor European Data Relay System (EDRS) carried on Alphasat, which is in geostationary orbit 36 000 km above Earth. The image is a result of the two satellites using their optical communications instruments to transfer data via laser for fast delivery. Alphasat’s ‘technology demonstration payload’ shows how the EDRS space data highway will make large volumes of data from satellites in low orbit available almost instantly. Sentinel-1A transmits data to Earth routinely when passing over ground stations in Norway, Italy and Spain.

Complementing the Sentinel ground-station network, EDRS connects with the satellite and collects data via laser and then transmits the data in near-real time to the ground – essential for applications such as maritime safety and for helping respond to disasters such as floods.

The first EDRS element will be carried on the Eutelsat-9B satellite, which will be launched next year. In the meantime, Sentinel-1A will be able to connect through the laser communications terminal on Alphasat. Sentinel-2A, scheduled to be launched next spring, also carries the same optical communications payload.

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