Maintaining safety of space operations in the increasingly congested and contested space environment will require a paradigm shift in space situational awareness, including increased collaboration and active space traffic management.
As the amount of debris in low Earth orbit continues to increase, experts at a recent conference called for both improved efforts to track debris as well as national legislation to mitigate that growth.
The Polish government has unveiled the country’s first space strategy, indicating the increased emphasis which is to be placed on developing Poland’s space efforts and industry by the current cabinet.
A senior European Commission official on Jan. 12 said the commission should have a direct role in the design of Europe’s next-generation rocket and the organization of Europe’s launch sector, having missed the opportunity with the Ariane 6 vehicle now expected to enter service in 2020.
The launch of the 11th and 12th Galileo satellites on a Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket is expected to permit initial services by late 2016.
The Merlin satellite, six years behind schedule and expected to cost 250 million euros, is slated to launch in 2020 on a European rocket.
The government agency overseeing Europe’s satellite navigation system said Sept. 9 it would invest $110 million to promote development of user hardware.
The British government has agreed to limit the liability of U.K.-licensed satellite operators in an attempt to encourage growth in Britain’s commercial space sector.
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Europe’s fitful attempt to create an independent space surveillance network took a step forward June 16 when five nations formed a consortium to coordinate their existing optical and radar tracking telescopes in a five-year effort funded by the 28-nation European Union.
More often than not the outside observer may find that the European space program is a difficult to grasp if not entirely mystifying object. The mixture of national, intergovernmental and community-based entities and processes that makes Europe a unique case in the international space landscape is prone to misunderstanding.
The head of Europe’s Eumetsat meteorological satellite organization denied a U.S. Air Force allegation that Eumetsat had reneged on a promise to maintain weather coverage over the Indian Ocean, thus forcing the Air Force to scramble to find replacement capacity.
Prime contractor Airbus Safran Launchers and ESA prepare a late-June contract for Ariane 6 development that will fix in concrete many of the assumptions made when ESA ministers approved Ariane 6 funding.
European governments and Airbus Safran Launchers have reached a tentative agreement on Ariane 6 development funding following an incendiary letter from the company alleging a nearly $1 billion shortfall. But the two sides agree that the underlying disagreement over who pays what remains unresolved.
Eumetsat will place Meteosat-7 into a retirement orbit in April 2017 by assuring that it retains enough residual fuel to climb several hundred kilometers above the geostationary-orbit belt.
Europe’s Rosetta comet-chaser satellite has apparently survived a dangerously close flyby of Comet 67P, which it is accompanying toward the sun, despite a dazzling of its star trackers by cometary debris and a subsequent shutdown of its science instruments.