Europe in Space

Europe in Space explores developments in the European space industry, focusing on launcher technologies, ArianeGroup's operations, commercial space efforts, and crewed spaceflight ambitions. It scrutinizes funding, policy, European Space Agency (ESA) projects, and international collaborations, while highlighting startups and initiatives aiming for reusability and sustainable space exploration.

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The hottest Substack posts of Europe in Space

And their main takeaways
727 implied HN points β€’ 17 Jan 24
  1. Europe may face challenges in maintaining cooperation for developing future heavy launch vehicles.
  2. New players like The Exploration Company could potentially disrupt the European space industry by offering innovative solutions.
  3. European Space Agency is exploring the idea of a launcher challenge to involve commercial actors in the development of a successor to Ariane 6.
196 implied HN points β€’ 24 Jan 24
  1. European Astronaut Corps was formed in 2002 to centralize astronaut efforts from various European countries.
  2. ESA recruited a new class of astronauts in 2021, including career astronauts and reserve astronauts with a unique designation.
  3. Countries like the UK, Poland, and Sweden have accepted offers from Axiom Space for commercial spaceflights, while ESA manages and promotes crewed missions to the ISS.
137 implied HN points β€’ 01 Feb 24
  1. European Space Agency is developing a sustainable human presence on the Moon with innovative concepts and technology.
  2. European startups like Spartan Space and ASI are contributing to the development of lunar habitats and outposts.
  3. Efforts by ESA and European companies in developing lunar landers, OTVs, training centers, and communication services are crucial for establishing a sustained presence on the Moon.
98 implied HN points β€’ 08 Feb 24
  1. ESA's Voyage 2050 missions will focus on exploring habitability potential, understanding exoplanets, and probing the early universe.
  2. The process of selecting missions involves public submissions, evaluation meetings, and expert committees.
  3. New missions like ARRAKIHS, CALICO, and THESEUS are pushing boundaries in deep imaging and studying high-energy events.
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196 implied HN points β€’ 20 Mar 23
  1. Avio received a significant funding from European Union for space programs, raising questions on allocation of funds.
  2. Avio faced quality control issues in rocket launches, leading to failures and significant financial losses.
  3. Avio's financial activities, CEO remuneration, and conflicts of interest are under scrutiny amidst stock buybacks and public funding support.
196 implied HN points β€’ 27 Mar 23
  1. A recommendation for Europe to develop crewed launch capabilities for ambitious space missions like a Moon landing.
  2. The need to adopt a commercially-oriented procurement policy to engage the private sector in space exploration.
  3. Europe faces challenges in achieving a Moon landing within 10 years, requiring increased funding and structural changes.
137 implied HN points β€’ 26 Jun 23
  1. The Themis project is a reusable rocket initiative developed by ArianeGroup and CNES, featuring the Prometheus engine for cost-efficient rocket production.
  2. Themis has gone through various stages of development, including engine tests, hop tests, and Prometheus engine hot-fire testing.
  3. The project has future implications for upgrades to the Ariane 6 rocket, development of the Ariane Next launcher family, and the creation of MaiaSpace's microlauncher.
137 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jun 23
  1. European launch startups are developing innovative methods for recovering and reusing launch vehicle components.
  2. Different startups are exploring varied approaches like using parachutes, grid fins, and deployable blimps for recovery.
  3. Challenges exist in balancing reusability efforts with maintaining payload capacity, especially for microlaunchers.
117 implied HN points β€’ 17 Jul 23
  1. ESA's Boost! program supports innovative space transportation startups by providing co-funding for qualifying activities.
  2. The Boost! program has attracted significant private investments, showing a successful multiplier effect.
  3. The program has expanded and includes initiatives like the European Flight Ticket Initiative to support space startups.
137 implied HN points β€’ 16 May 23
  1. Operating a commercial space station is not straightforward due to high costs and limited demand.
  2. In-orbit manufacturing and satellite fueling are potential applications for commercial space stations, but their feasibility is still uncertain.
  3. Developing a European space station requires focus on crewed launch capabilities and understanding the need for sovereign presence in orbit.
117 implied HN points β€’ 06 Feb 23
  1. The Space Rider project has faced delays but has exciting features like parafoil recovery and a robotic arm.
  2. The critical design review for Space Rider was completed late, pushing the maiden flight to 2024.
  3. There are concerns about the payload capacity of Space Rider exceeding that of the Vega C rocket, potentially requiring upgrades for launch.
98 implied HN points β€’ 10 Apr 23
  1. JUICE mission to study Jupiter's icy moons is a world-beater showing European excellence in space exploration.
  2. JUICE will be the first spacecraft to perform various feats, like a lunar-Earth gravity assist and orbiting moons of another planet.
  3. JUICE spacecraft has a titanic effort in its creation, involving multiple countries and costing around €1.6 billion.
58 implied HN points β€’ 20 Feb 23
  1. Europe adopted a secure communications initiative called IRIS2 with overwhelming support.
  2. The project aims to develop a secure European communications constellation with 170 low Earth orbit satellites and a budget of €2.4 billion.
  3. The initiative faces challenges like tight timelines for satellite development and launch capacity constraints, especially with the Ariane 6 rocket.
58 implied HN points β€’ 31 Mar 23
  1. The MTFF proposal could lead to a sustained European presence in space.
  2. The MTFF would provide a platform for European scientists and astronauts to conduct microgravity experiments independently.
  3. The MTFF could be a foundational component for a future European Space Station.