EU plans six new Copernicus Earth Environment missions with €2.5 billion in contracts…but subsequent funding cuts could put these on hold

EU plans six new Copernicus Earth Environment missions with €2.5 billion in contracts…but subsequent funding cuts could put these on hold

On 3 July 2020, the European Space Agency (ESA), on-behalf of the European Commission, issued development contracts for six missions that will compliment and enhance the Copernicus Earth observation programme. These initial contracts, valued at EUR€2.55 billion...
Aeolus has laser woes

Aeolus has laser woes

The European Space Agency’s Aeolus – Earth Explorer Atmospheric Dynamics Mission – for wind profile monitoring is in trouble as the spacecraft’s main wind measurement instrument, using Lidar, has a faulty laser. The laser is now degrading at a rate of 1...