Second P120C Static Firing Test Complete

The new solid booster P120C, which will be on the sides of new launch vehicle Ariane 6, successfully completed its second firing test on January 28th. The solid booster motor is a new European development and will...

How good are you at flags?

On Saturday, February 2nd, Arianespace and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) treated us to a delicious Indian buffet lunch cooked by the ISRO team. This is a GSAT tradition and it is one of the highlights of...

Lunatics at Europe’s Spaceport

This coming Sunday night, January 20th, there will be a total lunar eclipse visible from French Guiana. A fantastically resourceful organisation, timeanddate.com, will provide direct coverage of this event and have asked us at Europe’s Spaceport to contribute since...

Ariane 6 Future Launch Site: Photos from Above

The Ariane 6 mobile gantry frame is now complete, as posted about here. The next steps of the launch site construction are on track; below, see some photos taken by drones of the site on December 17th....

2018: Complete With 11 Launches

On December 19th, the 11th launch from Europe’s Spaceport in 2o18 took place. Six Ariane 5 launches, two Vega launches, and three Soyuz launches, resulting in a total of 23 satellites launched into orbit (or beyond, for...

Final Launch of 2018 from Europe’s Spaceport

Tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, Europe’s spaceport will put another satellite into orbit, making it the 23rd for the year (I count BepiColombo as three spacecrafts). The CSO-1 satellite is the eleventh launch of 2018...

Ariane 6 Mobile Gantry: Complete

Thirteen months almost to the day after its kick-off, the assembly of the metal structure of the Ariane 6 mobile gantry is coming to an end. The building now reaches 100 metres in height, dominating 150 hectares...

BepiColombo launch in 3… 2… 1…

We are at J-1, i.e. the day before the planned launch of the BepiColombo satellite that will be en route to Mercury. The three-satellite-stack is under the fairing of the Ariane 5 launcher, now on its way...

Presenting the Background of BepiColombo

On October 11, roughly a week before the launch of BepiColombo, AIV engineer Bernard Guillaume presented the project to the general public of Kourou at the local cinema. This was the fourth such conference held in the...

22 Years, 2 Months, and 100 Launches of Ariane 5

It’s Sunday, September 23rd, and we are two days away from the planned launch of Ariane launch VA243: the one-hundreth Ariane 5 flight. On a summer’s day over two decades ago, June 4th 1996, I was present...

Dutch Visitors at CSG

A group of students from the Rotterdam School of Management, Netherlands, are visiting us. They are studying Corporate Social Responsibility and are enjoying some equatorial sun before returning home in time for autumn. They will spend a...

Aeolus Lift-Off!

After one day’s delay in order to ensure the best possible weather conditions, Aeolus has been successfully launched! As described in an earlier post, Aeolus is going to be a tremendous breakthrough in weather forecasting and meteorology...

MetOp-C Launch Campaign

I took the opportunity to visit one of the four ESA launch campaigns currently on site, MetOp-C. Once in orbit, it will be operated by the organisation Eumetsat. Eumetsat is a European agency, created in 1986, whose...