2011 will be the year for Europe launches


17/01/2011

Two thousand eleven years will be the "year of launchers", reported by the Director General of the European Space Agency Jean-Jacques Dordain.

Europe is waiting to run three different rockets from the space station in French Guiana, which will occur in the coming months.

The "workhorse" Ariane 5 was attached to the Russian Soyuz vehicle and a new small launcher was named Vega. At the annual Paris news conference when considering plans for the next year Mr. Dordain said that this is a major change in the direction of the space activities of ESA.

He also said the agency BBC BBC that everyone will be surprised at how work developed complex. "For 30 years we have used a single launcher, the best launcher in the world, Ariane, but it’s just one launcher" - he explained.

"Starting this year, we will use the three launchers in parallel - Ariane, Soyuz and Vega. This will bring some difficulties, as the movement of missiles will be significantly complicated by the lack of understanding of the difficulties that are associated with the operation of the three launchers instead of one."

Is launching a new tool has been created for the shuttle Soyuz in French Guiana, allowing the machine mounted in Russia, moved some action on the European space station from its traditional home of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Qualified tour of complex starting in April, and perhaps even the first launch of Soyuz vessel will happen sometime August 15 and September 15. The rocket will carry into orbit two spacecraft for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.

Vega will use the old 1, 2 and 3 panel installation space Ariane, which will be updated in view of the new plans.

As the board and the missile system itself must be tested before they are ready to launch. Only when this process is complete, the flight data will be known, but it will not happen until the second half of the year.

The activities of the company that maintains these systems is the material with which to address the members of the state in the coming weeks. Arianspeys company, based in Evry, near Paris, operated by the European missile facilities. To date, she suffers decline and is in search of cash investment from European governments.

Mr. Dordain said that members of the state would like to know more information about the financial status of the company and a clear understanding of the cost of construction of Ariane 5, before the aid package to offer.

"The goal of investors - to make sure that the Ariane 5 is necessary for its own government. This should properly be seen. This is not the contribution of members of the state in commercial business (business), it is their contribution to the security of access to the extra-terrestrial space" - said Dordain Novosti BBC Xi.

This material will be discussed at the March meeting of the ESA Council. The meeting should also resolve the issue of the financing of Europe, the International Space Station (ISS).

Despite the philosophically accepted the obligation to extend ISS operations from 2015 to 2020, the activities of ESA member yet limited financial difficulties.


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