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The next ESA mission should be

  1. ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics)

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  2. NGO (New Gravitational wave Observatory)

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  3. JUICE (JUpiter ICy Moons Explorer)

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    http://www.sen.com/news/vega-rocket-inaugural-flight.html
     
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    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    http://m.esa.int/Our_Activities/Spa..._en_route_to_gravitational_wave_demonstration

    "LISA Pathfinder will test the extraordinary technology needed to observe gravitational waves from space. At its core is a pair of identical 46 mm gold–platinum cubes separated by 38 cm, which will be isolated from all external and internal forces acting on them except one: gravity.

    The mission will put these cubes in the purest free-fall ever produced in space and monitor their relative positions to astonishing precision, laying the foundations for gravitational wave observatories in space."
     
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    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/S...ubeSats_for_hunting_secrets_in_lunar_darkness

    ESA new mission to take a good long look at the dark side of the moon.
     
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    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    View: https://youtu.be/6n2geXENhdQ


    https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Space_Rider

    This is quite an interesting concept. Seems to be a reusable satellite / mini space lab type thing. Send it up into space with it's own power and control systems. Then the payloads can tap into this power and run experiments, communications or monitor something without having to build a complete satellite.

    The craft can spend months in low earth orbit before reentering Earth's atmosphere and landing with the aid of a parachute onto a runway. Were the experiments can be recovered and examined or potentially reused I guess.

    The Rider craft can then be refurbished had flown again. Which sounds like a better idea than sending up a load of micro satellites, potentially becoming space junk. Along with a central power supply running multiple cargo which sounds a lot more efficient.
     
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    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Like so many other things the Covid-19 thing has affected ESA.

    https://spacenews.com/esa-puts-four-science-missions-on-hold-during-pandemic/

    Well the ExoMars project had been having parachute problems so might just be a convenient time to take a break and run the numbers some more.

    Meanwhile their part in the JUICE mission seems to be moving along.

    https://phys.org/news/2020-02-ultraviolet-instrument-esa-jupiter-mission.html

    The also have an interesting new solar mission Proba-3 which aims to have two crafts fly in formation so they get an artificial solar eclipse effect on a sensor. To try and prove you can keep tow crafts aligned in space well enough to do science experiments as well as study the atmosphere of the Sun in more detail.
    https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Engineering_Technology/Proba_Missions/About_Proba-3

    So we will have to see how much of the ESA's plans are moved because of the virus but some good stuff over the horizon.