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Follow live the launch of Ariane 5 ECA – flight VA220

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:

  • 18:00 to 19:51, Kourou time
  • 21:00 to 21:51, UTC,
  • 23:00 to 00:51, Paris time (i.e. during the night of 16 to 17 October).

Ariane 5 V220 sur la Zone de Lancement
Image ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE–Optique Video du CSG, R. Pron

Start of video programme at 17:45 (Kourou) and 22:45 (Paris) :

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Follow the Rosetta mission!

Selfie de Rosetta

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.

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An intake of the French Air Force Academy (Ecole de l’air) tours GTD in Barcelona

promotion de l’Ecole de l’air en visite chez GTD

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.

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2014 CVA Calendar

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.

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Ariane 5 Flight VA219 lifts off - a credit to all the teams involved

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.

Copyright 2014 ESA-CNES/Arianespace/Photo optique vidéo CSG

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.

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