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European Space Agency director Woerner not seeking extension to term

HELSINKI —European Space Agency Director General Jan Woerner informed ESA personnel he is not seeking an extension to his current term ending June 2021.  In...

EU to invest 200 million euros into space industry

WASHINGTON — The European Union will provide 200 million euros ($222 million) to support Europe’s space industry, in the form of a loan to...

Arianespace launches Eutelsat, ISRO satellites on first 2020 mission

WASHINGTON — European launch provider Arianespace completed its first launch of the year Jan. 16, sending two communications satellites into geostationary transfer orbits.  The Ariane...

ESA seeks new cooperative agreement with EU

WASHINGTON — With its funding secured for the next three years, the head of the European Space Agency is now focused on implementing those...

Orbital debris mitigation guidelines still useful, if complied with

ARLINGTON, Va. — A long-standing guideline for deorbiting satellites within 25 years, criticized by many in the space industry for being too long, is...

Download a free copy of the SpaceNews Awards issue

SpaceNews announced the winners of its third annual SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation at a Dec. 10 awards luncheon in Washington. NASA Administrator...

Swiss startup ClearSpace wins ESA contract to deorbit Vega rocket debris

WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency signed a debris-removal contract with Swiss startup ClearSpace tasking the company with deorbiting a substantial piece of a...

Op-ed | Envisioning the next 50 years in space

Fifty years ago, the Apollo 11 moon landing changed how the world viewed space exploration. For the millions of people who watched Neil Armstrong...

Italy satisfied with outcome of ESA ministerial

SEVILLE, Spain — Italy, one of the largest contributors to the European Space Agency, is pleased with the outcome of the recent ministerial meeting...

ESA declares success at ministerial meeting

SEVILLE, Spain — The European Space Agency’s member states agreed to provide nearly 12.5 billion euros ($13.8 billion) for the next three years, giving...

ESA kicks off ministerial meeting

SEVILLE, Spain — Representatives of ESA’s member states gathered here Nov. 27 for the start of a two-day meeting that will end with decisions...

ESA ministerial preview: Building the pillars for Europe’s future in space

With ESA set to convene its triennial ministerial later this month, SpaceNews spoke with ESA Director General Jan Woerner about his hopes for Space19+ In...

ESA Director General calls for aggressive action on space debris

BREMEN, Germany — Rather than waiting for international consensus on new measures to prevent space debris, space agencies and companies should take immediate action,...

Space agency leaders discuss ever-expanding roles for AI

BREMEN, Germany – A European Earth observation cubesat scheduled to launch in 2020 will demonstrate an important space application for artificial intelligence. One of the...

Advocates promote planetary defense mission ahead of ESA ministerial

WASHINGTON — A group of planetary defense advocates is asking European governments to fund a mission to a near Earth asteroid, three years after...

Here are all the Readers’ Choice winners of the 2019 SpaceNews...

In October, we asked SpaceNews readers to vote on the finalists for this year’s SpaceNews Awards for Excellence and Innovation. More than 40,000 votes...

ESA remains confident it will fix ExoMars parachutes

WASHINGTON — Top officials with the European Space Agency remain confident that they will be able to resolve the parachute problems that threaten to...

Woerner optimistic about ESA’s upcoming ministerial meeting

WASHINGTON — The head of the European Space Agency says he believes that member states will provide most, if not all, of the funding...

Space agencies endorse continued cooperation in lunar exploration

WASHINGTON — Leaders of several national space agencies endorsed continued cooperation in space exploration, including missions to the moon, and said that effort should...

ESA to request $13.9 billion budget from member states

HELSINKI — The European Space Agency will ask its 22 member states to commit to funding a budget of 12.5 billion euros ($13.9 billion)...

How classified high tech kit will protect UK satellites from missile...

Martin Barstow, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Leicester and the former President of the Royal Astronomical Society, was speaking on the sidelines...

UK space sector will 'get on with it' and thrive post-Brexit…...

However, Professor Martin Barstow, chairman of the UK Space Conference 2019, has admitted the possibility of the UK losing access to the Galileo and...

U.S. imposes new rules on state-owned Chinese media over propaganda concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Tuesday said it will begin treating five major Chinese state-run media entities with U.S. operations the...
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