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The latest news from space-faring countries, agencies, industry and academia   ·   Tuesday 27 January 2015, 10.58pm GMT   ·   Nº 2371

ESA plans Integral satellite reentry 15 years in advance

27 January 2015

After 12 years in orbit, the European Space Agency is in the process of enacting its retirement plan for the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (Integral). However, while the agency is adjusting the orbit of the satellite now, the spacecraft will continue to make observations for some years, and won’t re-enter Earth’s atmosphere until the late 2020s.

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    The Planetary Society to launch a satellite that will ’sail on sunbeams’

    27 January 2015

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    UK Government backs new satellite technology

    27 January 2015

    A new class of satellite will be launched in 2018, manufactured by the UK’s Airbus Defence and Space and employing its flexible payload technology. The project by Eutelsat, which serves clients including broadcasters, internet service providers and government agencies, will receive support from both the UK space agency and the European Space Agency through a Public-Private Partnership.

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