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Old 11-28-2019, 02:48 PM   #181
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ESA’s Council at Ministerial Level, Space19+, has concluded in Seville, Spain, with the endorsement of the most ambitious plan to date for the future of ESA and the whole European space sector. The meeting brought together ministers with responsibility for space activities in Europe, along with Canada and observers from the EU.
Has approved the Space Rider project along with a lot of other stuff.

http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Corporat...st_ever_budget
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:06 PM   #182
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Space Rider? That completely went under my radar
...can you provide some good read on that?
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:19 PM   #183
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 Space Rider? That completely went under my radar
...can you provide some good read on that?
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Its the IXV in larger.



https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support...IXV_spacecraft


https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support...on/Space_Rider
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:47 PM   #184
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So... An unclassified counterpart to the X-37B?
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Old 11-28-2019, 07:08 PM   #185
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 So... An unclassified counterpart to the X-37B?

More like a Fiat 500 for space.
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Old 11-28-2019, 09:45 PM   #186
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Does any one have any comments on the new ESA website format?

It seems to have a lot of white-space and a large range of font sizes.
To me its more difficult to read, maybe for phones and tablets?
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Old 11-28-2019, 09:52 PM   #187
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 To me its more difficult to read, maybe for phones and tablets?

Yes - looks like it. Still a rather poor use of space.
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Old 12-01-2019, 01:08 AM   #188
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Yes, mobile only. Less work this way, they only have to think about one layout.

As for the Space Rider I'd like to see a mini Hermes fly (and of course land at the Azores).
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Old 12-05-2019, 01:35 PM   #189
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The Orion spacecraft with European Service Module at NASA’s Plum Brook Station. The first Orion will fly farther from Earth on the Artemis I mission than any human-rated vehicle has ever flown before – but first it will undergo testing to ensure the spacecraft withstands the extremes of spaceflight.
http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Im...sure_for_Orion
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ESA commissions world’s first space debris removal
http://www.esa.int/Safety_Security/C...debris_removal
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Ariane 5’s first launch of 2020 has delivered two telecom satellites, Konnect and GSAT-30, into their planned transfer orbits. Arianespace announced liftoff at 21:05 GMT (22:05 CET, 18:05 local time) this evening from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
http://www.esa.int/Applications/Tele...llite_launched



https://videos.space.com/m/ieS3yzdN/...?list=9wzCTV4g

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ESA opens oxygen plant – making air out of moondust
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A prototype oxygen plant has been set up in the Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory of the European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESTEC, based in Noordwijk in the Netherlands.

Oxygen and metal from lunar regolith
“Having our own facility allows us to focus on oxygen production, measuring it with a mass spectrometer as it is extracted from the regolith simulant,” Beth Lomax of the University of Glasgow, whose PhD work is being supported through ESA’s Networking and Partnering Initiative, harnessing advanced academic research for space applications.
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