In 2001 ESA is scheduled to be involved in a series of international events. These are the major ones that can be already pencilled in your agenda.




15/01 : Paris, France- ESA Head Office: ESA Director General Antonio Rodotà meets the press


18/01(tbc) : Cape Canaveral, Florida: Launch of Space Shuttle mission STS-98, launch of Destiny module for the International Space Station


tbc : Kourou, French Guiana – Europe’s Spaceport: Ariane 4 launch (Flight 137).

Payload : Eurasiasat 1



01/02 : ESTEC Noordwijk, the Netherlands: Envisat press day


01/02 (tbc) : ESA HQ, Paris, France: Cluster press conference; first scientific results


01-02/02 : ESRIN, Frascati, Italy : European Parliamentary & Industrial Space Conference


06/02 : Kourou, French Guiana – Europe’s Spaceport: Ariane 4 launch (Flight 139). Payload: SICRAL and SKYNET 4F

tbc : Rome, Italy: EGNOS Multiuser Conference


27/02-01/03 : ESRIN, Frascati, Italy: A European Perspective on Disaster Management



02/03 : Kourou, French Guiana – Europe’s Spaceport: Ariane 5 launch (Flight 140). Payload: EUROBIRD and BSAT 2A


08-10/03 : 1st Convention of Lunar Explorers, Paris, France


12/03 : ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands: 35th ESLAB symposium; Exo- & Astrobiology


13/03 : ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands: press event on Technology Transfer


19-21/03 : ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany: Space Debris Conference


tbc : EGNOS demonstration with German, Austrian and Swiss Alpine Clubs



11-13/04 : Moscow, Russia: International Space Forum; the 40th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight


19/04 (tbc) : Cape Canaveral, Florida: Launch of Space Shuttle mission STS-100 to the International Space Station with ESA astronaut Umberto Guidoni (I) on board


23-28/04 : Hanover, Germany: Hanover Fair, ESA stand on Technology Transfer Programme


tbc : Kourou, French Guiana – Europe’s Spaceport: Artemis launch on Ariane 5



08-11/05 : Seville, Spain: GNSS 2001 Workshop


10-11/05 : ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands: Industry Space Days


tbc : Bordeaux, France: 30th Parabolic Flight Campaign


tbc : France and United Kingdom: Mars Express industry press briefings


tbc : ESRIN, Frascati, Italy: European Science Week: open day at various Italian scientific institutes


June _____________________________________________________________________________

05-07/06 : Berlin, Germany: ISS Forum 2001; Global International Space Station Utilisation Conference


11/06 : Palermo, Italy: Conference on asteroids


17-23/06 : Le Bourget, France: Paris Air Show, Joint ESA/CNES pavilion


20-23/06 : Bilbao, Spain: Information for Transport System Congress



16-27/07 : Bordeaux, France: 4th Student Parabolic Flight Campaign


tbc : Kourou, French Guiana: Envisat launch (Ariane 5)



tbc : Cape Canaveral, Florida: STS-107, Space Shuttle mission with European microgravity facilities on board


September ___________________________________________________________________


October _________________________________________________________________________________

01-05/10 : Toulouse, France: International Astronautical Federation Congress (IAF). Including participation of ESA’s student outreach programme


20/10 : Arrival of NASA’s Mars 2001 mission


tbc : Baikonur, Kazakstan: Soyuz mission to the International Space Station with ESA astronaut Claudie André-Deshays (F) on board


25/10-01/11 : Düsseldorf, Germany: K2001 (the world’s largest fair for plastics and rubber):

“Plastics in space technology and their spin-offs”


26-29/10 : Granada, Spain: Earth Explorer Workshop


tbc : Bordeaux, France: 31st Parabolic Flight Campaign


tbc : Uccle, Belgium: European Science Week – open days at various Belgian scientific institutes



11-17/11 : CERN, Geneva, Switzerland: “Life in the Universe” (joint ESA/CERN/ESO activity for youngsters in the context of the EU Week for Science and Technology)


14/15 tbc : Edinburgh, United Kingdom: ESA Council meeting at ministerial level


tbc : New Norcia, Australia : Inauguration of the Deep Space Antenna ground station


tbc : Cape Canaveral, Florida: Space Shuttle mission SM3B, Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission


18-22/11 : Australia: “Alpha Centauri”, solar-powered car race for university students




Dates of certain events, especially those of launches, depend on various factors such as readiness of the spacecraft and/or launcher, and thus remain t.b.c. (to be confirmed) for some time. All Ariane launch dates are provisional; definite dates will be confirmed by Arianespace.


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