France, China to cooperate on Moon mission
France and China are stepping up their space cooperation to include French participation in the Chang’e 6 mission to return samples from the Moon in 2023-2024.
3D printing enters series production at Thales Alenia Space
Thales Alenia Space reports that it is taking 3D printing/additive manufacturing into series production to make components for telecom satellites built on the Spacebus Neo platform.
Thales Alenia Space announces ISS airlock milestone
Thales Alenia Space (TAS) reports that the shell for the Bishop airlock module for the ISS is ready for shipment to the NanoRacks integration facility in Texas.
ESA green light for air-breathing rocket engine
The European Space Agency, together with the UK Space Agency, has reviewed the preliminary design of the demonstrator engine core of the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE).
China launches 300th Long March
The Chinese launcher family, the first of which entered service in April 1970, has performed its 300th mission, following the successful launch of a new geostationary telecommunications satellite.
Safran Reosc wins ELT contract
Safran Reosc has signed a contract with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) to design and produce the M5 mirror for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).
Civil Aviation 12/03/2019
Thales, Aireon to expand collaboration
The two companies aim to improve aviation efficiency using the space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) service.
France, India sign maritime surveillance agreement
French space agency CNES has signed an agreement with India's ISRO to establish a maritime surveillance centre in India.
Go-ahead for Europe/China space mission
The European Space Agency has given the green light for a mission to explore the Sun-Earth connection in collaboration with China.
First Spacebus Neo platform from Thales Alenia Space takes shape
Thales Alenia Space reports that the platform and payload of Eutelsat’s all-electric Konnect communications satellite have been successfully mated.
Arianespace launches first batch of OneWeb satellites
In Arianespace’s second launch of the year, a Soyuz launcher carried six OneWeb satellites into a circular low Earth orbit at 1,000km.
DLR inaugurates new Ariane 6 test stand
The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has inaugurated the P5.2 test stand at its Lampoldshausen site that will be used to test the cryogenic upper stage of Ariane 6 under sea-level conditions.
Airbus opens new satellite facility
Airbus has opened what it claims is Europe’s most advanced satellite integration and space technology centre at its Friedrichshafen site.
ArianeGroup, CNES launch ArianeWorks acceleration platform
French space agency CNES is teaming with ArianeGroup to create an acceleration platform dedicated to laying the groundwork for future launchers.
France, UAE discuss space cooperation
CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall met with officials from the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to discuss ongoing and future space cooperation projects.
ArianeGroup advances on Prometheus programme
The Prometheus demonstrator of a future low-cost engine for European launchers has successfully passed its definition review.
Civil Aviation 31/01/2019
IndiGo to build Bengaluru MRO centre
IndiGo will build a new maintenance facility at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, scheduled to entered service in 2020.
New PSLV variant makes debut launch
A new variant of India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched two satellites on 24th January.
Test success for Ariane 6, Vega-C rocket motor
The all-new P120C solid rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C was successfully tested for the second time on 28th January.
Airbus moves ahead on Telesat bid
Airbus Defence and Space reports that it has successfully completed the Telesat LEO Constellation System Requirements Review.
First OneWeb satellites shipped to launch site
OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb, has delivered the first satellites for the OneWeb mega-constellation.
ArianeGroup to study Moon mission
The European Space Agency has awarded ArianeGroup a contract to prepare for a mission to the Moon with the aim of mining regolith.
Airbus wins DARPA contract for satellite bus
Airbus Defense and Space Inc. has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a satellite bus in support of the Blackjack programme.
Thales Alenia Space to lead ESA's FLEX mission
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to lead the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) mission, scheduled for launch in 2023.
Arianespace looks ahead to Ariane 6
Arianespace is gearing up for the challenges of 2019, including the transition from Ariane 5 to Ariane 6, due to make its first flight in 2020.
Thales Alenia Space, ESA sign new Galileo contract
Thales Alenia Space and the European Space Agency have signed a new tranche of the contract for the operational phase of the Galileo ground mission segment and security facility.
Airbus delivers 400th A320 from Tianjin
Airbus has delivered the 400th A320 Family aircraft from its Final Assembly Line Asia (FALA) in Tianjin.
New French spy satellite in orbit
For its 11th and final launch of the year, Arianespace sent the French CSO-1 Earth observation satellite into Sun-synchronous orbit on 19th December.
ArianeGroup to supply propulsion system for Heinrich Hertz satellite
ArianeGroup has been awarded the contract to supply a chemical propulsion system for Germany’s Heinrich Hertz experimental telecommunications satellite (H2Sat).
CNES lists Franco-Chinese space programme goals
CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall has set out a series of goals for future joint space programmes between France and China.
Ariane 5 launches satellites for India, Korea
Arianespace successfully launched India’s GSAT-11 and Korea's GEO-KOMPSAT-2A on 4th December.
Thales Alenia Space signs Korean radar satellite contracts
The company has signed two contracts with South Korean companies relating to the development of high-agility, high-resolution military observation satellites.
Ariane 5 set to launch Indian, Korean satellites
Ariane 5 is scheduled to launch two satellites, India's GSAT-11 and Korea's GEO-KOMPSAT-2A, on 4th December in its sixth mission of 2018.
NASA InSight lander arrives on Mars
The key instrument that will be used to measure Mars tectonic activity is supplied by a European team headed by France's CNES space agency.
Arianespace launches Mohammed VI-B satellite on Vega
Arianespace successfully launched Morocco's Mohammed VI-B satellite on 20th November in the 13th consecutive success for the Vega light launcher.
Airbus to build new-generation satellites for Eutelsat
Airbus has been selected by Eutelsat to build two new-generation Hotbird telecommunication satellites. Eutelsat becomes the launch customer for the Eurostar Neo.
Launch success for India's GSLV Mk III
India has successfully carried out the second developmental flight of its upgraded Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII, in the country's fifth launch of the year.
Airbus delivers first Orion spacecraft module
Airbus has delivered the first European Service Module (ESM) for NASA’s Orion spacecraft from its site in Bremen, Germany.
Japan launches GOSAT-2 and UAE's KhalifaSat
Japan's H-2A launcher has successfully orbited the GOSAT-2 greenhouse gas observing satellite, along with the United Arab Emirates KhalifaSat satellite.
Airbus, Ursa extend partnership on radar satellite data
Airbus Defence and Space will continue to provide access to its radar satellite data to Ursa Space Systems (Ursa) under a new four-year agreement.
French-Chinese climate satellite in orbit
The China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSat) was successfully placed into orbit by a Chinese Long March 2C launched from the Jiuquan base in Inner Mongolia on 29th October.
New Galileo contract for Thales Alenia Space
The Thales/Leonardo joint venture has been awarded a €324m contract for the development and deployment of the next version of the ground-based Galileo Mission Segment (GMS) and the Galileo Security Facility (GSF).
French-Chinese climate satellite set for launch
The CFOSat satellite to study surface waves and winds is the first joint Franco-Chinese project in space.
Qualification for Ariane 6's Vinci engine
ArianeGroup has completed qualification testing of the re-ignitable Vinci engine that will power the upper stage of Ariane 6.
Arianespace launches BepiColombo to explore Mercury
In its fifth mission of the year, Ariane 5 successfully launched BepiColombo on its way toward the solar system’s smallest and least-explored terrestrial planet on 19th October.
Euro-Japanese mission set for launch
Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 launch, on 19th October, will send the BepiColombo spacecraft on its way to the solar system’s smallest and least-explored terrestrial planet: Mercury.
CNES opens office in Abu Dhabi
The French space agency, CNES, has opened a new office at the French Embassy in Abu Dhabi, a further step in the strategic partnership with the UAE Space Agency.
OHB to lead Europe's Plato exoplanet programme
The construction of ESA's Plato mission to find and study planets beyond our Solar System will be led by Germany’s OHB System AG.
Thales Alenia Space delivers key element for ExoMars 2020
Thales Alenia Space in the UK has delivered flight-approved Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) to Airbus Defence and Space for the ExoMars 2020 mission, due to launch in July 2020.