ESA Director Josef Aschbacher today expressed the Agency’s determination to ensure that ESA is not affected in the air by catastrophic events in Ukraine. Mr Aschbacher hopes the work will continue to assess the impact on each ongoing project, with missionaries affected by Roscosmos ’withdrawal of Soyuz launch operations from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
In addition, ESA is preparing proposals, if supported by its member states, to further support European microlauncher services to implement the Ariane and Vega projects, which formed the backbone of the European air traffic is possible.
“The strength of the ESA lies in the deep and continuing global relationship that has enabled Europe to become a leader in the global community,” he said. “Today we face many challenges, but I believe that our members can build for Europe a stronger and more powerful power.”
First, Mr Aschbacher said, ESA continues to implement sanctions on Russia imposed by its member states and evaluate their impact on ongoing projects. This work continues in partnership with technology partners and the world.
For the missions that Roscosmos was affected by the departure of Soyuz which was released from the European Spaceport and therefore ESA is the broadcasting company, Galileo M10, Galileo M11, Euclid and EarthCare – ESA is evaluating Ariane 6 and Vega-C advocacy services, to plan a base and return selection for each of these missions in anticipation of the ESA Council meeting in June. The standard exchanges between ESA and EC are addressed to Galileo broadcasting services.
ESA Director of Space Transportation Daniel Neuenschwander added that work will continue on mitigation measures to ensure the continuity of Vega-C deployment services and ensure Ariane 6 deployment services are top notch for professional missionaries in the period 2023/2024.
Second, in line with ESA’s Agenda 2025 vision for developing an independent and sustainable environment in European business, ESA is evaluating opportunities to use current microlauncher services to develop Produced by private companies in Europe.
“We are asking European companies working as microlaunchers to provide us with strong technical knowledge on the status of their development,” Mr Neuenschwander said.
The goal, he added, is to make the necessary decisions about their ability to support European missionaries at the ESA Council in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to be held in November 2022. Those requests could be entered an application to start a competitive selection process for the price of a microlauncher service to start an ESA mission, by 2024.
“With real knowledge of the development milestones and upcoming start dates, we will allow European microlauncher service companies to qualify and compete for this launch of an ESA mission,” said Mr Neuenschwander.
He added: “ESA’s Space Transportation mission is to maintain Europe’s independence in space, to enable operations in space as quickly as possible, to provide the ability to return to Earth.”