The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), regional partner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition - ESNC 2015, will organise a kick-off for this year’s competition. The regional event will be hosted by the National R&D Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli” (INCAS) on 7 April in Bucharest, between 09:30 – 11:30.
The EU's Galileo satellite navigation system now has eight satellites in orbit following the launch of the latest pair. Galileo 7 & 8 lifted off at 21:46 GMT (22:46 CET, 18:46 local time) on 27 March from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on top of a Soyuz rocket. All the Soyuz stages performed as planned, with the Fregat upper stage releasing the satellites into their target orbit close to 23 500 km altitude, around 3 hours 48 minutes after liftoff.
Tomorrow, 27 March, a Soyuz launcher will send on orbit a new pair of Galileo satellites part of Europe’s navigation system. Designated Soyuz Flight VS11 in Arianespace’s numbering system, Soyuz’ 11th launch from the Spaceport in French Guiana is planned for an evening liftoff on March 27 at precisely 18:46 Kourou time, 23:46 Romania time.
Soyuz Flight VS11’s passengers are the latest FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites in the Galileo program, which will contribute to creating a European-operated space-based navigation system.
ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has made the first measurement of molecular nitrogen at a comet, providing clues about the temperature environment in which Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko formed. The new results are based on 138 measurements collected by the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis instrument, ROSINA, during 17–23 October 2014, when Rosetta was about 10 km from the centre of the comet.