Launch: A launch of the Heinrich-Hertz spacecraft is planned for 2022. In 2017, OHB signed a contract with Arianespace for the launch of the H2SAT mission on Ariane-5ECA from Kourou. 11)Orbit: GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit), altitude = 35,786 km, longitude = 17.6 E.
The James Webb telescope and four French military satellitesWith Ariane 5, Soyuz, Vega and Vega C, Arianespace should have four launchers in 2021, operated from three space ports.Stéphane Israël expects a rate of at least one launch per month (if the satellites are ready), between the continued deployment of the OneWeb constellation, the completion of at least three Ariane 5 missions, the return in flight of Vega and the commissioning of Vega C.In particular, all eyes are on the exciting October 31 mission, which is to dispatch NASA's much-anticipated James Webb telescope to the Lagrange L2 point, located 1.492 million kilometers from Earth.But Arianespace will also have to place four new French military satellites into orbit: Syracuse 4A, the first of the two new generation geostationary telecommunications satellites of the French Armies (on Ariane 5ECA), as well as three Ceres listening satellites, intended for low orbit ( on Vega C). Waiting for Ariane 6After the VA 253 mission of August 15, there are still eight Ariane 5s to be launched by the end of next year.Ariane 6, now expected from the second quarter of next year, could perform up to three missions in 2022, in parallel with the operation of Ariane 5.This “ambitious” objective has been clearly confirmed by Stéphane Israël.
Electromagnetic listening satellitesThe year 2021 will therefore be marked by the launch of several military satellites. First, the three Ceres satellites (Spatial electromagnetic listening and intelligence capability), which will fly in formation. It will be the only orbital capacity of this type in Europe, according to the Ministry of the Armed Forces.An Ariane 5 rocket will also put the first of two new generation Syracuse satellites for military telecommunications into orbit. They will provide a significant increase in data rates, as well as better resistance to interference. Last December, the Guyanese Space Center successfully launched the CSO-2 satellite dedicated to military observation.The Yoda space surveillance programThis new defense space strategy involves the development of new technologies. The DGA will provide CNES and industry with an envelope of 700 million euros to develop new in-orbit capacities as part of the new "Space control" program.Among the flagship projects is the Yoda demonstrator, for which CNES is acting as prime contractor. These are so-called "patrol" nano-satellites, responsible for ensuring active protection from space of the most critical satellites for the armed forces. They will be able to detect threats and neutralize them, either through glare maneuvers or by making use of powerful lasers. These patrolling nano-satellites should be available from 2023.In orbit, the threat is very real. In 2018, the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly revealed the attempted espionage by the Russian satellite Louch-Olymp, which had come very close to the Franco-Italian telecommunications satellite Athena-Fidus.
In addition to imagery, military space listening will be strengthened by the end of 2021 with three CERES satellites (Space Electromagnetic Listening and Intelligence Capability), replacing those of the ELISA program .The Ministry of the Armed Forces explains that this “will make it possible to regularly collect information on radar and telecommunications systems from all over the world, in order to produce intelligence of electromagnetic origin. This space capability will be unique in Europe ”.Iris and Céleste will take over (around 2030)As we explained in the first part of our dossier, space belongs to everyone, France therefore takes the opportunity to monitor its neighbors without fear: “ satellites are subject to a specific legal regime (right of the space), which allows them to fly over the entire surface of the globe in full sovereignty (no overflight authorization required) ”.Here are some examples of use in military missions:“ Map telecommunications centers and radars in conflict zones, assess their level of activity, specify the danger represented by these enemy radars to guarantee the supremacy of French planes, determine the architecture of enemy communication networks. "CERES can therefore be combined perfectly with CSO, which provides " capacities for situation monitoring and strategic monitoring, aid in the prevention and anticipation of crises, planning and conduct of operations ".The succession is already planned: new programs will be launched in 2023, but it will still be several years before satellites are built and a fortiori placed in orbit. The code names are Iris (for optical observing capabilities) and Celeste (for electromagnetic listening).In the background, the message is clear: France does not intend to be left behind and wishes to have peak capacities. We then understand the issues surrounding space surveillance and counter-attack mechanisms: losing this kind of military satellites would be a disaster for intelligence.
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Hemeria is building two small satellites for the French Armed Forces Ministry that will launch to geostationary orbit in 2023 to monitor the space environment there, Multan said. The rocket will be European but has not been selected, he said.
I got some information about the flights for this year:
Any news about the OneWeb Soyuz launches from Kourou?
I got some information about the flights for this year:VV18 - Officially late March (most likely mid-April)VA254 - Officially March 4th (most likely late May or June, due to delays related to new modifications to the launcher fairing)VV19 - late June or early July, likely Vega C first flightVA255 - Mid-August, IF the VA254 campaign is not delayed any furtherVV20 - AugustVS26 - September, with GalileoVV21 - OctoberVA256 - Officially October 31st, with JWSTThere may be another Ariane 5 flight this year, but it's unlikely.
I got some information about the flights for this year:<snips>VA254 - Officially March 4th (most likely late May or June, due to delays related to new modifications to the launcher fairing)VA255 - Mid-August, IF the VA254 campaign is not delayed any furtherVA256 - Officially October 31st, with JWSTThere may be another Ariane 5 flight this year, but it's unlikely.
Quote from: zubenelgenubi on 01/18/2021 06:44 pmCross-post:Quote from: Closer to Space on 01/18/2021 06:19 pmI got some information about the flights for this year:VA254 - Officially March 4th (most likely late May or June, due to delays related to new modifications to the launcher fairing)Looks like DLR got the same information. They now say May 2021 (tbc).https://www.dlr.de/rd/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-4926/8178_read-5116/
Cross-post:Quote from: Closer to Space on 01/18/2021 06:19 pmI got some information about the flights for this year:VA254 - Officially March 4th (most likely late May or June, due to delays related to new modifications to the launcher fairing)
I got some information about the flights for this year:VA254 - Officially March 4th (most likely late May or June, due to delays related to new modifications to the launcher fairing)
Nr. Version Flug Startdatum Nutzlast(en) Bemerkung18 Vega VV18 April (tbc) Multiple SatellitenAngaben ohne Gewähr, Änderungen jederzeit möglich. Aktualisiert: 20. Januar 2021
Spaceflight[now] now sees the launch of Syracuse 4A with SES-17.James Webb, OneWeb highlight Arianespace’s 2021 launch schedule, dated January 11
I got some information about the flights for this year:VV18 - Officially late March (most likely mid-April)VA254 - Officially March 4th (most likely late May or June, due to delays related to new modifications to the launcher fairing)VV19 - late June or early July, likely Vega C first flightVA255 - Mid-August, IF the VA254 campaign is not delayed any furtherVV20 - AugustVS26 - September, with GalileoVV21 - OctoberVA256 - Officially October 31st, with JWSTThere may be another Ariane 5 flight this year [VA257], but it's unlikely.
"In 2021, the Russian side plans to carry out 10 launches with Soyuz-2 and Soyuz-ST carrier rockets in the interests of foreign customers," Saveliev said.According to the deputy general director of the state corporation, four of them will pass from the Baikonur cosmodrome and three each from Vostochny and Kuru (French Guiana). At the same time, the launch of the apparatus of the European global satellite navigation system Galileo is expected from the Kuru cosmodrome.
MOSCOW, January 28. / TASS /. Roscosmos plans to carry out eight launches under the OneWeb program from the Baikonur, Vostochny and Kuru cosmodromes. This was announced to TASS by the Deputy General Director of Roscosmos for International Cooperation Sergei Savelyev."Three spacecraft launches are planned from the Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes within the framework of the OneWeb project," Saveliev said.According to the deputy general director, two cluster launches are also planned from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana.
"In September, it is planned to launch two European navigation satellites Galileo, in November and December - two launches of 34 British OneWeb communications satellites in each," - said the source.
Thales Alenia Space to provide the study for European Space Agency’s Cis-Lunar Transfer Vehicle - CLTV01/29/2021Thales Alenia Space Space Exploration Moon exploration Man on the moon Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway Moon landingTurin, January 29, 2020 – Thales Alenia Space, joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%) has signed a contract with European Space Agency (ESA), worth € 4,5 Million, for the study of Cis-Lunar Transfer Vehicle (CLTV), a transportation logistic space vehicle to be used for a variety of missions: from the logistic resupply of Lunar Gateway pressurized modules, to the transportation of space infrastructure in low Earth orbit, and the potential use in future missions in support of the European Large Logistic Lander (EL3). Thales Alenia Space is one of the prime contractors for the entire study phase (A/B1 project stage), cooperating with OHB as main partner and with ALTEC (Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering), a joint subsidiary of Thales Alenia Space (63.75%) and ASI (36.25%), for the ground segment operations. The study aims to provide ESA a complete logistic service vehicle, usable in different space exploration destinations, from the low Earth orbit to the Cislunar and Lunar environment. CLTV is designed to be compatible and to communicate seamlessly with other modules that Thales Alenia Space is developing for NASA, ESA and the Italian Space Agency (ASI), such as European Large Logistic Lander, International Habitat (IHAB), European System Providing Refueling, Infrastructure and Telecommunications (ESPRIT), the Human Landing System (HLS) and the future Lunar ground infrastructures.The Preliminary design review will be taking place in mid-2021, while the System Design Review, planned for late 2022, will mark the end of the Study phase and will introduce the engineering and development phase. Thales Alenia Space is also the Prime Contractor for the study of European Large Logistic Lander (EL3), responsible for the whole mission architecture and mission integration. EL3 is an independent element of the international lunar exploration activities, envisioned as a versatile system that can support a variety of missions. The first two priority missions which will be studied, deal with a cargo delivery mission in support to the NASA ARTEMIS program, and a polar rover scientific mission as independent European enterprise to explore the Lunar southern area.