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2016-Oct-01, 11:24 AM
Now that Rosetta has been laid to rest has ESA got any plans for space exploration. It turns out they do :D:clap:


“Rosetta is dead, long live Rosetta,” Patrick Martin, Rosetta’s mission manager, declared on receiving today’s confirmation that the $1bn spacecraft had hit the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, bringing its journey to an end.

For those who are mourning the end of Rosetta, here are some of the next space voyages that the European Space Agency (ESA) has planned:

2016-Nov-26, 08:02 AM
December will be D day for ESA's future plans. That is when it will ask ask its governments to fund a broad suite of programs in science, Earth observation, telecommunications and exploration for the coming several years.


For the Dec. 1-2 ministerial conference in Lucerne, Switzerland, ESA is asking for about 11 billion euros ($12 billion) to cover the agency’s activities over the next three to five years. Some of the funding would stretch out much beyond that.

Because this headline figure stretches over different periods, Woerner said it is not easy to read. “These numbers by themselves have no real meaning,” he said. “They cover different periods. What is most important for us is our annual budget of about 3.5 billion euros, plus funds from the European Commission.”

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2017-Jan-20, 12:23 AM
This is something ESA had not planned on doing. Investigate the cause for 10 atomic clocks failing in their Galileo Navigation Satellites. Fortunately they have enough redundancy built in that it has not crippled the system.


"The European Space Agency is studying a potentially serious problem with the atomic clocks that drive Europe’s Galileo Navigation Satellites and have shown an alarming failure rate across the early phase of the satellite constellation.

European government officials decided to postpone the next Galileo satellite launch by three months from August to a tentative target of November to provide sufficient time for engineers to look into atomic-clock failures on orbiting satellites. ESA and industry specialists are now working to uncover multiple systemic issues with Galileo’s onboard systems that already caused ten clocks to stop operating on orbiting satellites"

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2017-Dec-06, 11:46 AM
The Galileo Commercial Service (CS). which was to be fee based is now being questioned.


At the lavish European Satellite Navigation Competition Awards Ceremony, we caught up with Carlo des Dorides, general director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), who updated us on the status of the much-anticipated Galileo Commercial Service (CS).

“On the CS, we are dialoging extensively with EU member states, because there is a more and more consolidated view that there could be an advantage to providing the service for free,” des Dorides said.

For those who don’t know, the CS, from its conception and now for many years, has always been described and planned for as a fee-based, revenue-generating service. Indeed, the revenues to be generated by the CS have been described as offsetting to a measurable degree to the overall investment in the Galileo system.

Explaining the reasons for the shift, des Dorides said, “First and easiest, we believe that the induced value of providing the service for free will be far higher than if we provide it on a paying basis. If we go back to studies that were performed about two years ago, and then we continue to look over the past two years, the estimated revenues coming from the use of the Commercial Service have been looking more and more ‘thin’.”

2018-Sep-29, 07:54 AM
Interview with ESA director general, Jan Woerner.


In July, the European Space Agency announced, with surprisingly little fanfare, that it was extending the term of its current director general, Jan Woerner, by two years. Woerner’s four-year term was set to expire next July, just months before the agency’s next triennial ministerial meeting where member states decide what programs to fund and at what levels.

With that extension, Woerner has the confidence that he will be in office for that ministerial meeting, seeking approval for programs to guide ESA’s future. That future contains a number of questions, from the fate of the International Space Station and planning for a return to the moon to emerging challenges like reusable launch vehicles and growing concerns about the safety of the space environment.

Woerner spoke with SpaceNews senior staff writer Jeff Foust in late August about his extension, the agency’s activities, and its relationship with others, from the EU to NASA. A condensed version of that interview is below.

2019-Feb-06, 02:44 PM
Interview with Director General of the European Space Agency, Johann-Dietrich Wörner on ESA's future plans.


One of the key players in addressing these challenges is, of course, the European Space Agency (ESA), and SciTech Europa Quarterly met with ESA’s Director General, Johann-Dietrich Wörner, at the event to discuss some of the most pertinent issues, from space weather and debris to autonomous access to space and the forthcoming ESA Ministerial.
Growing threats are emerging in space (space debris, cyber threats, the impact of space weather etc.) which make synergies increasingly relevant.