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CVA Council of Mayors at ESA Headquarters and the Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, 5 November 2015

The 2nd Council of Mayors of the 2015 Presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA) was held on Thursday 5 November at the European Space Agency (ESA) under the Presidency of François Ringuet, Mayor of Kourou and 2015 CVA President. The following are some of the highlights of the Council meeting:

The CVA Council of Mayors Meeting at ESA-HQ in Paris, on 5 November 2015, morning.

- The handover took place between the 2015 CVA Presidency of Kourou, French Guiana, in partnership with French space agency CNES, and the incoming 2016 CVA Presidency of Hardthausen am Kocher in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, represented by Mayor Harry Brunnet, in partnership with the “Lampoldshausen Ariane Forum” (*).

- It was confirmed that the 2017 Presidency of the CVA would be held by the City of Toulouse, together with Telespazio France, its industrial partner within the CVA.

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Exhibition - 50 Years of Space Adventure

At the Grand Hôtel Montabo, Cayenne (16 July-16 August 2015)

The Community of Ariane Cities (CVA) and the town of Kourou – which holds the 2015 CVA Presidency – are jointly presenting an exhibition entitled "50 Years of Space Adventure" at the Grand Hôtel Montabo, Chemin Hilaire, in Cayenne, French Guiana, from 16 July to 16 August.

This exhibition is the outcome of cooperation between the French space agency CNES and the City of Liège, with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA), and Arianespace.

Aimed at the public at large, the exhibition recalls in 14 photographs highlights that have punctuated humanity's epic endeavours in space for half a century.

Photo: La Place des Palmistes in Cayenne / Credits: J.-M. Gayman 


Ariane 5 Flight VA223, sponsored by the Town of Kourou, on 27 May 2015

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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2015 CVA Summer School in Bremen

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.

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2015-2016 Intercultural Seminars

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://interculturalseminarscva.wordpress.com/category/blog

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.


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