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.
Registration deadline extended to 18 January
The PERSEUS Project (Projet Étudiant de Recherche Spatiale Européen Universitaire et Scientifique) is a technology development initiative of the French space agency's Directorate of Launchers. Forming part of CNES's overall research and innovation drive, the aim is to encourage the emergence of innovative technological solutions for space projects of the future, using teams of young people from the worlds of education and industry. The various projects are carried out by young students and researchers in higher education.
The two-day Seminar will be devoted to presentations of the latest work done under PERSEUS. This covers studies and also actual hardware including on-the-ground and inflight demonstrators. You will thus be able to see for yourselves the achievements of the various project participants: students, teachers, researchers, members of space associations, industrial partners.
You are welcome to attend the oral presentations or poster sessions prepared by the students and young researchers.
The Seminar will be followed on Saturday 31 January by the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the various demonstrator projects ongoing under macro-project ARES (Advanced Rocket for Experimental Studies) in 2015.
The deadline for registering for this year's PERSEUS Seminar has been extended to 18 January. If you would like to attend, please register in time. Click on the link below to access the registration form:
PERSEUS Team contact details:
Partners: CNES, Bertin Technologies, GAREF Aérospatial, Planètes Sciences, MI-GSO, ONERA, Roxel, Université Evry Val d'Esssone.
Copyright: ESA/ATG medialab
Wednesday 12 November 2014, a first in the history of space exploration! Follow the Philae module's descent live.
On Wednesday 12 November 2014, Rosetta, the space probe launched by the European Space Agency (ESA), will release the Philae module which is due to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is a first in the history of space exploration! A rendezvous not to be missed! You can follow developments live by going to one of the ESA Establishments where presentations on the background to the mission will be given, or by visiting this website: http://rosetta.esa.int/LS0EC10.html or one of the websites below.
Separation of the orbiter from the lander takes place this morning. Following a descent expected to last 7 hours, Philae will attempt to grip unknown ground, despite the very weak gravity. If it pulls off this extraordinary technical challenge, the lander will send back from the surface of the comet the first photos of this unknown landscape.