The third satellite of Europe’s Copernicus programme is set for launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia on 16 February at 17:57 GMT (19:57 Romania time). Media representatives are invited to follow the launch at the main event at the European Space Agency (ESA) operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
The European Data Relay System’s first laser terminal has reached space aboard its host satellite and is now under way to its final operating position.
EDRS-A was launched on 29 January as part of the Eutelsat-9B telecom satellite at 22:20 GMT (23:20 CET, 04:20 30 January local time) atop a Proton rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
The European Space Agency (ESA) will be launching the first node of the European Data Relay System (EDRS) on 29 January from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Organised by the European Commission, the conference will take place on 12-13 January 2015 in Brussels. In the context of growing competition on the international space commercial markets, new needs and new technologies to meet them, the event aims to look at ways in which Europe can expand its global role. The EU Space Strategy announced for 2016 by the European Commission will take these elements into consideration as well.