Ariane flight 245: Bepi Colombo 

Late afternoon Tuesday June 5, I paid a visit to my ESA colleagues in S5, the biggest payload preparation building. During my ATV years I spent many months inside these offices and ATV certainly left it’s mark...

ActInSpace and the Kourou Space Museum

The European Spaceport in French Guiana is more than just a launch base. Space is a very diverse community. My reply to the question of “Who works in Space?” is “Everyone”. In other words, in this industry...

Deflecting the fiery plumes of Ariane 6

Imagine the meteoric force of exhaust gases expelled by four Ariane 6 strap-on boosters and a Vulcain motor ignited at liftoff. A 600-tonne steel deflector, with tiles weighing a tonne each, will take the full blast and...

Come to Rome in May, the weather is wonderful…

I am in Frascati for the ESA Launchers Program Board that is held Thursday-Friday this week. The Program Board is a meeting between the ESA executive, i.e. the managers of the Programmes (Space Transportation in this case)...

Arrival of Bepi Colombo Solar Panels to airport Felix Eboué (24/04/2018)

Bepi Colombo arrives in the spaceport

2018 is a busy year here at the spaceport, and in particular for us at ESA. There are 4 ESA satellite campaigns planned during the coming months. Galileo, Bepi-Colombo, Aeolus and METOP. All of them are different,...

Welcome to The Spaceport

Welcome to the “Spaceport” ESA blog. This site will cover the activities at Europe’s Spaceport (also known as Guiana Space Centre or CSG), in Kourou, French Guiana, situated on the northern coast of South America. 11 April,...