ESA Science & Technology - News Archive
Due to recently-discovered technical issues, ESA has decided to perform additional verifications on its Gaia satellite, and therefore we have requested that Arianespace postpone the Gaia launch, currently scheduled for November 20, 2013. A new launch date will be announced as soon as the availability of the satellite is confirmed.
Published: 22 October 2013
ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia will be launched from Europe's spaceport in Kourou on 20 November to begin a five-year mission to map the stars with unprecedented precision.
Published: 21 October 2013
ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, has completed final preparations in Europe and is ready to depart for its launch site in French Guiana, set to embark on a five-year mission to map the stars with unprecedented precision.
Published: 27 June 2013
The Director of Science and Robotic Exploration has released an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for membership in the science team of the Gaia mission. The AO is open to all scientists from institutions located in ESA Member States. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 30 April 2013.
Published: 20 March 2013
The European Space Agency (ESA) solicits through the present Announcement of Opportunity (AO) proposals for the provision of the Archive Access Co-Ordination Unit (CU9) in the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC). The deadline for proposal submission is 10 January 2013.
Published: 19 November 2012
ESA's Gaia mission has passed another major milestone after the completion of 10 state-of-the-art mirrors that will be used to measure the precise positions of a billion stars.
Published: 15 September 2011
The 106 electronic detectors forming Gaia's billion pixel camera have recently been assembled into the complete large mosaic for the first time.
Published: 6 July 2011
ESA has issued a Call, inviting groups or institutes in ESA Member States, wishing to participate in the preparatory activities for the Gaia archive access working group, to submit a 'Letter of Interest' to ESA outlining their area of expertise and potential contribution
Published: 1 March 2011
Another milestone in the development of ESA's Gaia spacecraft has been passed with the successful conclusion of two parallel test programmes during October, which demonstrated that the focal plane assembly is structurally and functionally fit for flight.
Published: 23 November 2010
ESA's mission to measure the precise positions of a billion stars reached an important milestone on 3 September with the delivery of its first primary mirror.
Published: 13 September 2010
With the launch of Gaia only two years away, the European science community is actively engaged in training the next generation of young astronomers who will exploit the flood of data from this 'Cornerstone' science mission.
Published: 29 June 2010
The Gaia project recently passed another major milestone with the completion of three of the 10 payload mirrors. Final acceptance for the M5 and two M4 mirrors was granted by Delivery Review Boards conducted towards the end of 2009.
Published: 11 January 2010
At the end of June the Gaia mission passed a significant milestone when the 17 individual segments of the torus, a key structural element of the spacecraft, were brazed into one coherent structure at the BOOSTEC premises at Bazet near Tarbes, France.
Published: 28 July 2009
The qualification model of Gaia's unique deployable sunshield has been installed in the Large Space Simulator at ESA's ESTEC test facilities to undergo thermal testing in simulated space conditions
Published: 22 July 2009
The latest issue of the ESA Bulletin carries an article about ESA's 'billion-pixel camera' for Gaia.
Published: 2 March 2009
The Gaia video processing unit (VPU) development activity has recently been finalized with the delivery of the engineering model (EM) from Astrium UK to Astrium France.
Published: 13 February 2009
An important milestone has been reached for the Gaia Radial Velocity Spectrometer (RVS): the full-size demonstrator model of the RVS grating has been built by the Fraunhofer Institut für Optik und Feinmechanik and was delivered to ESA
Published: 30 January 2009
A Call for Expression of Interest in Participating in the GREAT (Gaia Research for European Astronomy Training) programme has been issued
Published: 2 September 2008
Using the ESO 2.2m telescope at La Silla, Chile, a team of scientists have sucessfully imaged the position of the WMAP spacecraft at 1.5 million km from Earth, testing the ground-based optical tracking technique to be used for Gaia
Published: 8 May 2008
A 10-day workshop dedicated to introducing the next generation of astrometry specialists to the science of the future Gaia mission successfully concluded this week.
Published: 30 November 2007
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