Revitalize ESA programs in response to the geopolitical crisis

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the ESA Director began a comprehensive review of all current operations in collaboration with Russia and Ukraine. The goal is to determine the future implications of this new geopolitical environment for ESA projects and activities and to establish a stable and stable education system for Europe.

The ESA Council approved this information on 13 April and took subsequent decisions.

ESA will end joint operations with Russia on May -25, -26 and -27. According to ExoMars, Russian anger against Ukraine and the sanctions imposed show a dramatic change in conditions and ESA’s inability to implement the planned lunar union. However, ESA’s science and technology are critical to these missions. A second flight session was recorded on a NASA-led Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) mission for the PROSPECT lunar drill and volatile drill (originally planned for Luna-27). A test flight time is currently being purchased to test the ESA pilot box called PILOT-D (originally designed for Luna-25) from a professional service provider.

Now, a path forward for accurate landing of PILOT and disaster prevention technology has been identified. This control is necessary for Lunar European operations such as the European Large Logistic Lander (EL3), which is intended for deployment at CM22. In addition, ESA CEO and President of the Japanese company JAXA signed last week an agreement to launch ESA’s EMS-L, the Exospheric Mass Spectrometer instrument, on the JAXA / ISRO LUPEX lunar rover mission. This joins a growing list of European experiments that will fly to the moon in the coming years.

Although all components of the ExoMars Rover mission (propeller, carrier module, descent module and Rosalind Franklin rover) have now passed their flight readiness evaluation, the partnership with Roscosmos has been released. at ExoMars, the mission will not begin this September. years old. But a quick study led by Italy’s Thales Alenia Space is underway to evaluate options for the way forward.


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The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is a national agency, founded in 1975, with a mission to promote the development of European space and ensure that air travel provides benefits to the citizens of Europe and the country. the earth.

The ESA has 22 members: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Slovenia, Latvia and Lithuania are members.

ESA has established partnerships with six EU member states. Canada has entered into several ESA programs under a Commonwealth agreement.

By organizing the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA is able to create programs and activities that are more complex than any other European country. It is working with the EU on the implementation of the Galileo and Copernicus and Eumetsat projects for the development of meteorological missions.

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