Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Travel News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



SPACEMART
2011 to be 'revolution' for Europe in space - ESA

by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP) Jan 14, 2011
Europe is set for a space "revolution" in 2011 when two new types of rocket join its launch pad in French Guiana, European Space Agency (ESA) boss Jean-Jacques Dordain said on Friday.

ESA's Ariane 5 heavy launcher is to be joined at Kourou this year by a tried-and-tested workhorse of space, Russia's medium-sized Soyuz, and by a new European-designed rocket, Vega, for small payloads.

"2011 will be the year of the launchers," Dordain said at a press conference at ESA headquarters.

"We will go from having one launcher to having three. It will transform our capacity."

Dordain cautioned that both Soyuz and Vega had to undergo tests before being certified for operation and ESA faced the challenge of having to master three different rocket types at the same time.

But, he declared, "By the end of 2011, ESA will not look like it does today. It is a revolution for Europe."

The Ariane 5 can place up to 9.5 tonnes in low Earth orbit, while the capacity of Soyuz is rated at three tonnes and that of Vega at 1.5 tonnes.

Having a choice of rockets will give ESA greater flexibility for its scientific payloads and widen the operational menu for Arianespace, a joint company that is the world's biggest launcher of commercial satellites.

Other highlights in ESA's year include the launch of its second robot freighter, named the Johannes Kepler, to the International Space Station (ISS) on February 15.

The first two operational satellites in Europe's Galileo system, a rival to the US Global Positioning System (GPS), are scheduled for launch by Soyuz in August-September, said Dordain.

Romania, meanwhile, is set to be admitted as ESA's 19th member, and Israel is scheduled to sign a cooperation agreement.

The budget for 2011 has been set at 3.99 billion euros (5.34 billion dollars), of which 75 percent comes from member states and around 20 percent from the European Union (EU), with which ESA has a partnership agreement.

Earth observation missions -- satellites that scan the planet to garner scientific knowledge or monitor its environmental health -- account for 21 percent of the total.

Other big spending items are scientific exploration of the Solar System; navigation, including Galileo; and manned missions to the ISS.

ESA sends astronauts to and from the orbital outpost using Russian and US transport. It does not have its own manned flight capability.



Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
The latest information about the Commercial Satellite Industry



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


SPACEMART
Portugal Marks Ten Years In ESA
Lisbon, Portugal (SPX) Dec 15, 2010
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Portugal joining ESA as a Member State, Jose Mariano Gago, Portuguese Minister of Science and Higher Education, and Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA's Director General, met at Pavilhao do Conhecimento, Lisbon. For Portugal, becoming a Member State has been essential to foster the development of new cluster of activity. Around 30 companies, many of them start-u ... read more







SPACEMART
Arianespace Announces Eutelsat Contract

ATM Is Readied For Its February Launch On Ariane 5

ISRO To Launch Two Communication Satellites This Year

Arianespace Will Have A Record Year Of Launch Activity In 2011

SPACEMART
Scanning The Red Planet

Mars Desert Research Station 2011 Field Season Begins

Rover Continues To Explore Santa Maria Crater

NASA tries to awaken mars rover

SPACEMART
Lunar water may have come from comets - scientists

Moon Has Earth-Like Core

The Hunt For The Lunar Core

Rocket City Space Pioneers Announce Partnership With Solidworks

SPACEMART
Mission To Pluto And Beyond Marks 10 Years Since Project Inception

Kuiper Belt Of Many Colors

Reaching The Mid-Mission Milestone On The Way To Pluto

SPACEMART
Inclined Orbits Prevail In Exoplanetary Systems

Planet Affects A Star's Spin

Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet

NASA spots tiny Earth-like planet, too hot for life

SPACEMART
Indonauts Must Wait For A Better Rocket

Canada says it could build launch rockets

ISRO Scanning Data For GSLV Flop

J-2X Turbomachinery Complete

SPACEMART
China Builds Theme Park In Spaceport

Tiangong Space Station Plans Progessing

China-Made Satellite Keeps Remote Areas In Venezuela Connected

Optis Software To Optimize Chinese Satellite Design

SPACEMART
NASA Radar Reveals Features on Asteroid

A Look Into Vesta's Interior

Dawn Has A Consistent 2010

Asteroid Itokawa Sample Return


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement