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Giant tracking station readies for operation

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Giant tracking station readies for operation
One of the world’s most sophisticated satellite tracking stations is nearing inauguration in Malargüe, Argentina, 1000 km west of Buenos Aires. The new station will ensure reliable communications with missions voyaging hundreds of millions of kilometres into our Solar System....

Timeline: ESA spacecraft and station track critical arrival at Mars

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Timeline: ESA spacecraft and station track critical arrival at Mars Early on 6 August, Mars Express will receive crucial signals from NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission as it delivers the car-sized Curiosity rover onto the Red Planet. The ESA spacecraft will begin tracking the NASA mission 45 minutes before it enters the martian atmosphere; an ESA ground station will also record vital signals....

ESA’s Clean Space targets orbital debris and greener environment

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ESA’s Clean Space targets orbital debris and greener environment Next year’s Hollywood film Gravity features George Clooney stranded in orbit by cascading space junk. The threat is genuine, with debris levels rising steadily. ESA’s new Clean Space initiative is developing methods of preserving near-Earth space – and the terrestrial environment, too....

Sentinel mission control taking shape

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Sentinel mission control taking shape While industrial partners build the first Sentinel satellites, experts at ESA are developing and testing vital mission control systems for engineers to operate the craft once in orbit....

Global meeting highlights innovation for space operations

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Global meeting highlights innovation for space operations SpaceOps 2012, the world’s largest professional conference for spacecraft operators, ended after a week of showcasing research and technologies designed to make spaceflight more cost effective and beneficial for daily life....

Innovative nanosat will test space software

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Innovative nanosat will test space software How do you test ground-breaking satellite software under real flight conditions? Why not build a satellite? A new design developed by ESA promises new opportunities for European space industry to test software on an actual mission in space....

Busy first days for ATV Edoardo Amaldi

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Busy first days for ATV Edoardo Amaldi
Just two days after a flawless docking with the ISS on 29 March, ESA's third ATV has conducted its first 'test' reboost, proving that it is fully integrated with the Station and ready to perform orbit boosts and manoeuvres if necessary....

ATV-3 docking highlight video

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ATV-3 docking highlight video ESA’s ATV Edoardo Amaldi has completed the first stage of its docking with the Russian Zvezda module of the International Space Station. The docking occurred smoothly when ATV’s docking probe was captured by Zvezda’s docking cone at 00:31 CEST (22:31 GMT)....

REPLAY: ATV-3 launch webcast

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Follow the launch of ESA's third Automated Transfer Vehicle, Edoardo Amaldi, on Friday 23 March. ATV-3 will be launched on an Ariane 5 from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, to the International Space Station. Launch is set for 05:34 CET (04:34 GMT). Streaming will start at approximately 05:00 CET (04:00 GMT).

Watch live streaming video from eurospaceagency at livestream.com...