The launch of Ariane 5 ECA - flight VA220 is scheduled to take place from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport, on Thursday 16 October 2014, as early as possible within the following launch window:
Start of video programme at 17:45 (Kourou) and 22:45 (Paris) :
Already many of us throughout the world are following the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. This ESA mission brings together numerous contributions from ESA’s Member States and from NASA. The Philae lander was funded by a consortium led by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), CNES, the French space agency, and ASI, the Italian space agency.
The Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko since 6 August 2014. It is currently approaching the landing site over which it is to release the Philae lander.
It is the CNES’s CIVA camera, installed on Philae, which enabled us to obtain this fantastic image taken on 7 October, when Rosetta was only 16 km away from the comet.
At the French Air Force Academy in Salon-de-Provence, the second year of initial training ends with a course enabling cadets to find out more about the French Air Force and the careers it offers, visit other European air forces and learn about the world of civil aerospace.
Programmes, events and meetings
In 2014, the programmes, events and meetings of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA) are being organised under the auspices of the 2014 CVA Presidency, held this year by the City of Salon-de-Provence and the Ecole de l’air, its partner in the association. This calendar includes, on the one hand, the events organised in the framework of the Presidency by the City of Salon-de-Provence, the Ecole de l’air and in some cases other partners in the region and, on the other, the educational programmes organised every year by the CVA and its Members and Partners.
An Ariane 5 ES has launched the European Space Agency's 5th ATV space freighter, Georges Lemaître. Lift-off took place on the night of 29-30 July 2014 (at 20:47 hours local time, 01:47 hours Central European Summer Time) from the CSG, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou. The ATV-5 is heading for the International Space Station (ISS), with which it is due to dock on 12 August. Assigned a six-month mission, the European supply craft will, in addition to the standard Automated Transfer Vehicle mission, deliver hardware for experiments in space designed to improve industrial processes.
This launch is an outright success for the teams supplied by ESA, CNES, Arianespace, Airbus Defence & Space and the many firms at the space centre involved in Europe's space transportation endeavours.
It is the Ariane City of Salon-de-Provence which sponsored the launcher. It did so as holder of the 2014 Presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), which it is sharing with its partner l'Ecole de l'air, the air-force training facility located there at Air Base 701.
By clicking on the links below, you will find a lot more information on the launch and on the five ATV missions, this being the programme's last. As many of those working at Kourou have stressed, the ATV technology has enabled Europe to advance considerably. And Europe will be continuing this effort by developing the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), the crew module for NASA's Orion spacecraft, under agreed ESA/NASA cooperation, for human deep-space exploration missions of the future.