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ANGELS nanosatellite celebrates second anniversary in orbit

December 21st, 2021 by

On 18 December 2019, Arianespace launched a Soyuz rocket carrying five satellites: Italy’s first second-generation COSMO-SkyMed radar observation satellite, CHEOPS, an ESA science mission to characterise exoplanets, and three smallsats, including ANGELS, the first nanosatellite built by French industry for an Internet of Things (IoT) mission. ANGELS recently celebrated its second anniversary in orbit and is fully operational, having already exceeded its initial design life.

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CYGNSS satellites celebrate five years of conducting critical hurricane research

December 20th, 2021 by

A constellation of Southwest Research Institute-built and -operated satellites recently celebrated five years in orbit, circling the tropics to assess wind speeds to better understand how hurricanes intensify.

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First Copernicus satellite exceeds design working life

October 5th, 2021 by

This week marks seven years since the very first satellite that ESA built for the European Union’s Copernicus programme started delivering data to monitor the environment. Having been designed for an operational life of seven years, it is expected to be in service for several years to come.

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OHB’s Hispasat 36W-1 operating for three years

September 14th, 2020 by

The telecommunications satellite developed under ESA’s SmallGEO Partnership Project has passed three years of service in orbit.

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Twenty years of X-ray astronomy with XMM-Newton

December 9th, 2019 by

The XMM-Newton X-ray observatory developed and built by Airbus for the European Space Agency (ESA) lifted off on 10 December 1999. Since its launch, XMM-Newton has simultaneously collected X-rays, visible and ultraviolet light and demonstrated its role as one of the most important astronomical observatories of all time.

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25 years since the first launch of a Gals satellite

January 23rd, 2019 by

20 January 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the day when the first Gals satellite was launched.

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40th anniversary of the first Gorizont satellite launch

December 20th, 2018 by

19 December 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of the day when the first Gorizont telecommunications satellite, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company, was launched into orbit.

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RapidEye Constellation racks up 10 years of in orbit operations

August 29th, 2018 by

The RapidEye Constellation of five SSTL-built Earth Observation satellite were launched into a 630km Low Earth Orbit on a Dnepr launch vehicle from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on 29 August 2008.

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