Russia Exploits Dual Use Loophole to Source Parts for Lethal Missiles

Roscosmos

The Russian Federation is using cooperation with Western countries in the field of space research in order to source high-tech components for lethal missiles for the Russian Military according to reliable sources from the intelligence community. “Since the beginning of the Russian aggression, the RF Armed Forces have launched hundreds of missile strikes on the…

DLR Terminates Bilateral Cooperation with Russia

DLR Photo Credit

One of the largest research organisations in Europe, the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) condemned Russia’s hostile actions towards Ukraine and announced ceasing all collaboration activities with Russian institutions.  DLR employs staff from 96 different countries and is committed to engaging in international cooperation to benefit the industry. The organisation…

Suspension of Soyuz launches operated by Arianespace & Starsem

Ariane 6

Arianespace is strictly abiding by the sanctions decided by the international community (European Union, United States of America and United Kingdom) following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. As part of the mandate given by the ESA Member States to Arianespace, the operation of the Soyuz launcher from Europe’s Spaceport (CSG, French Guiana) and from…

Potential of Space for the Internet

Space based internet

The EPP group has called for more to be done to harness the potential of space for the internet. Massimo Salini MEP, the European Parliament Chief Negotiator on the EU’s Space Programme said the COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of secure internet connections.  “We all know how much broadband connections are important for our lives….

Ariane Launches James Webb Telescope Into Orbit

The Ariane 5 launcher, operated by Arianespace on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), has successfully injected NASA’s Webb Space Telescope into its transfer orbit towards its final position at the second Lagrange point (L2). Carrying out its final mission of the year, the Ariane 5 rocket once again proved its exceptional reliability, this…

France Signs Space Surveillance Contract with ArianeGroup

SPACE SURVEILLANCE

The French Ministry for the Armed Forces has signed a new contract with ArianeGroup for an augmented optical surveillance capability for Medium Earth Orbits (MEO), Geostationary Earth Orbits (GEO) and High Earth Orbits (HEO). ArianeGroup has a reliable and operational network of varied optical sensors around the world and a centralized Command and Control centre,…

Europe’s first Polar-orbiting Weather Satellite Successfully De-orbited

Eumetsat

This week marks the end of the successful deorbiting of Europe’s first meteorological satellite in polar orbit, Metop-A, by Europe’s meteorological satellite agency, EUMETSAT, with support from Airbus.  Starting on Tuesday the satellite will spiral downward in progressively lower orbits until it disintegrates upon re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere, a process that is expected to end…

Arianespace Vega launch successfully orbits three CERES satellites

VEGA LAUNCHER FOR CERES SATELLITE ORBIT

Arianespace successfully carried out its 20th Vega launch (VV20), its 12th launch of the year and the third with the Vega light launcher. It was also the 300th launch by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Centre. The mission orbited three CERES satellites, developed for the French armed forces with French defense procurement agency DGA as…

Space Records Due To Be Broken Friday 22 October

Ariane 5

Ariane 5 is on the cusp of setting 3 new records when it carries the SES-17 and SYRACUSE 4A satellites for its second launch of the year, scheduled for Friday October 22. Arianespace will orbit two geostationary satellites: SES-17, a high throughput satellite operated by SES and SYRACUSE 4A, a satellite developed for the French…