An event of special significance for the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA) on Wednesday 27 May, with the success of Ariane 5 Flight VA223, since the launch was being sponsored by the current CVA Presidency, the Town of Kourou.
The launch took place as scheduled on 23:16 hours CEST (Central European Summer Time), 18:16 hours local time (Kourou), 21:16 hours GMT (Universal Time). The launcher bearing the logos of the Town of Kourou, the Presidency and the CVA put into orbit two telecommunication satellites: DIRECTV-15 and SKYM-1.
DIRECTV-15 built by the European company Airbus Defence and Space will provide Ku-, Ka- and R-band services to over 20 million customers. SKYM-1 built by the US company Orbital ATK is fitted with Ku- and R-band transponders and was being launched for use by the private operator SKY Mexico.
Our congratulations to all teams, who contributed to the success of this 79th Ariane 5 mission!
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The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and the "Hochschule Bremen", University of Applied Sciences, Bremen (Germany), is hosting the 2015 CVA Summer School, from 25 July to 20 August.
This programme is designed for science and engineering students who have completed at least three years in higher education and young professionals from the aeronautical and space industry. Another condition is that they must live, study or work in one of the CVA’s 20 Member Cities(*). The main theme of the 2015 session will be: Private access to space – current situation and future of reusable launchers.
In addition to interdisciplinary tuition on space transport and practical exercises, this session will include tours of firms in the Bremen region, in which are located two of the main launcher sector contractors, the Airbus Defence & Space and OHB groups.
Registration is open until 15 May 2015, via the tutors listed on the poster below. For further information, contact Professor Uwe Apel, who is in charge of the 2015 Summer School. For information of an organisational nature, contact Claire Kaufeler, Assistant to the General Delegate of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), CVA Secretariat, Paris.
(*) Augsburg; Barcelona-Terrassa; Bremen; Bordeaux Métropole; Charleroi; Colleferro (Rome); Evry Centre Essonne / Courcouronnes; Kourou; Hardthausen/Lampoldshausen (Stuttgart); Les Mureaux; Leuven; Liège; Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération (m2A); Ottobrunn-Taufkirchen; Salon-de-Provence; Toulouse; Suisse.
Space times in Baden-Württemberg
The state of Baden-Württemberg, like Bavaria and the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, is one of the key locations in Germany for space research and technology. From 21 to 29 March 2015, the town of Hardthausen/Lampoldshausen, home to the Institute of Space Propulsion of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is playing host to 30 young school students from the Ariane Cities of Hardthausen (Germany), Toulouse and Kourou (France) and Terrassa (Spain), for the first session of the 2015-2016 Intercultural Seminars organised by the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA).
The first session is currently ongoing, the second will take place in Toulouse, the third in Terrassa.
Accommodation is being provided for the young school students at the Heilbronn district Youth Hostel. Among the many space-related and intercultural activities being arranged, the students are collaborating on a group blog set up at the following address: https://
The posts for this blog are in the three languages of the Ariane Cities hosting the three sessions of the 2015-2016 Seminars: German, French and Catalan.
The CVA Intercultural Seminars are arranged with the support of the French/German Youth Office (OFAJ-DFJW). Birgitt Rambalski, Head of Protocol at Bremen City Hall, is CVA Project Manager for the Seminars. Activities are being coordinated by the education network Peuple et Culture, under the responsibility of Jean-Luc Menu, Consultant, and Nina Guillerme, International Affairs Officer.
Kourou town hall welcomed numerous guests on Monday 9 February from 18:00 (local time) onwards, on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), which throughout 2015 will be held by the City of Kourou, in partnership with CNES, the French space agency.
Those present, including a number of figures not only from the space sector but also from political and economic spheres, were able to hear addresses by Nicolas Isnard, Mayor of Salon-de-Provence and 2014 CVA President (by video), François Ringuet, Mayor of Kourou and 2015 CVA President, Jean-Luc Bozet, CVA General Delegate, Joël Donadel, Head of the ESA Office at Kourou, Patrick Loire, Director of the Arianespace establishment in French Guiana, Bernard Chemoul, Director of CNES-CSG and President of the Union of Employers at the Space Base (UEBS) and Antoine Karam, Senator for French Guiana.
The ribbon was cut by the eminent figures present, marking the official launch of the new Presidency. This is off to a promising start, with a schedule already packed with events of an economic, educational, cultural or sporting nature and related to European space transportation and space applications. They will be targeted at a broad audience, not only in Kourou and its vicinity, but also beyond, in the whole
of French Guiana.