space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews

ESA gives approval to Mercury mission
Posted: Tue, Feb 27, 2007, 8:29 AM ET (1329 GMT)
BepiColombo orbiter illustration (ESA) The European Space Agency announced Monday that it plans to proceed with the development of a Mercury mission and awarded a contract to build the spacecraft. ESA said that the BepiColombo mission had been formally adopted by the agency's Science Program Committee. A contract to build the main BepiColombo spacecraft, valued at €330 million (US$435 million), was awarded to EADS Astrium on Monday as well. BepiColombo, scheduled for launch in 2013, will consist of a European orbiter and propulsion module, as well as a separate smaller orbiter provided by the Japanese space agency JAXA. The spacecraft will enter orbit around Mercury in 2019 to study the planet and its magnetosphere. A separate lander once planned for the mission was dropped because of cost issues. Mercury has to date been visited by only one spacecraft, NASA's Mariner 10 in the mid-1970s, although NASA has an orbiter mission, MESSENGER, en route to the planet.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
Soyuz launches OneWeb satellites
Posted: Sat, Oct 16 6:09 PM ET (2209 GMT)

JWST arrives in French Guiana
Posted: Sat, Oct 16 5:56 PM ET (2156 GMT)

news links
Monday, October 25
SpaceX fires up first upgraded Starship engine
Teslarati — 8:51 pm ET (0051 GMT)
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Pursues Private Space Station
Wall Street Journal — 8:49 pm ET (0049 GMT)

about   ·   ·   mailing list