Tuesday, December 25, 2012
European Space Agency plans exciting 2013
2013 will be another great year for Europe in Space with launches and missions in several domains. For launchers the second Vega flight is due in springtime but at the same time Ariane and Soyuz will continue their task from Europe's Space port in French Guiana.
In particular Ariane 5 will send another ATV to supply cargo to the International Space station. The ISS will host another ESA astronaut, Luca Parmitano who will participate in a long duration flight between end of May till end of November 2013.
Earth Observation missions are planned with another Earth Explorer, Swarm to study earth Magentic fields and later Sentinel 1 will be sent into orbit, representing the first satellite of the the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, a partnership between ESA,the European Commission and the European Environment Agency.