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ESA Masterclass full series: Leadership at Mission Control

The ESA Masterclass series brings leading figures in the Agency to the fore, from the cutting edge of space exploration. Join them as they share their journey, along with decades of experience, knowledge and lessons learnt during their eventful careers in space. In the first of the Masterclass series, we head to Darmstadt, Germany, where epoch-making robotic […]

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ESA Masterclass: Paolo Ferri on the culture at mission control

Video: 00:13:10 Step inside the Main Control Room at ESOC, ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, and one thing becomes immediately clear: teams that operate space missions are highly hierarchical, and the Flight Director is indisputably in charge. How does this work, and why is this the case? In the last of his […]

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All solid motors for Vega-C complete qualification tests

Europe’s new-generation Vega-C small launch vehicle developed by ESA will increase performance and extend current launch capabilities at Europe’s Spaceport. The solid rocket motors built for Vega-C under contract to Avio have all completed the hot fire tests to qualify them for flight. To source

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Ganges Delta

Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over the Ganges Delta – the world’s largest river delta. To source

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Earth from Space: Ganges Delta

Video: 00:04:24 In this week’s edition of the Earth from Space programme, we explore the Ganges Delta – the world’s largest river delta – with Copernicus Sentinel-3. See also Ganges Delta to download the image. To source

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ESA Masterclass: Paolo Ferri on working under pressure

Video: 00:17:08 Understanding the laws of the universe is fundamental to flying missions in space. But one spacecraft under Paolo Ferri’s care seemed to be particularly susceptible to Murphy’s law – ‘Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. In 1992, ESA’s first-ever reusable satellite, Eureca, was delivered into orbit (and later retrieved) by a […]

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SEOSAT-Ingenio: fully loaded

Preparations are well on track for the upcoming launch of SEOSAT-Ingenio – the Spanish high-resolution land imaging mission – scheduled to launch from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana next month. To source

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International Charter for disasters 20 years on

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. Founded by ESA, France’s CNES French Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, the Charter has been activated 680 times (as of 19 October 2020) to help to respond to disasters in 126 countries, including the earthquake and tsunami in the […]

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Space for climate

Video: 00:01:16 The scientific evidence of global climate change is irrefutable. The consequences of a warming climate are far-reaching – affecting fresh water resources, global food production, sea level and triggering an increase in extreme-weather events. In order to tackle climate change, scientists and governments need reliable data in order to understand how our planet […]

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ESA Masterclass: Paolo Ferri on leadership, coaching, learning

Video: 00:14:01 As space missions have become more complex, the teamwork needed on the ground has also become more sophisticated and challenging. Through almost four decades at the forefront of Europe’s voyages in space, Paolo Ferri went from Operations Engineer on the Eureca mission to Operations Manager of the four-spacecraft Cluster mission and then the […]

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