CNES, ESA Extend Corot Mission, Contract with GMV
[Satellite TODAY 12-16-09] The French Space Agency (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have extended their contract with GMV to provide mission control of Convection Rotation and planetary Transits (Corot) probe through 2012, GMV announced Dec. 15.
GMV is responsible for the design, development and maintenance of the Corot mission control, which prepares and plans scientific activities and also receives and processes the scientific data generated on the mission.
Corot, launched in December 2006 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, was commissioned to scout for rocky exoplanets located outside our solar system, especially those of similar size to earth that orbit nearby stars. Since the launch, the mission has discovered seven rocky planets, including some bigger than the Earth.
Thales Alenia Space Ships SMOS to Plesetsk Cosmodrome Satellite Today September 18, 2009
[Satellite TODAY 09-18-09] Thales Alenia Space has shipped the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth observation satellite to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, for its scheduled Nov. 2 launch, Thales Alenia Space announced. SMOS is a…
European Astronomy Satellite Lifts Off Satellite Today December 28, 2006
France’s Corot astronomy spacecraft was placed into polar orbit Dec. 27 by an enhanced Russian Soyuz 2-1b rocket in a mission conducted jointly from Baikonur Cosmodrome by Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate. The Soyuz 2-1b features an enhanced…
ESA Spacecraft, Searching For Life On Other Planets, Zeros In On One Likely To Have Life Forms: Earth SMD Report October 13, 2008
The Venus Express spacecraft that will search for life on other planets is kicking off its work by focusing on one planet that likely can support life: Earth. The European Space Agency said the Venus Express, by focusing its camera eyesight on…