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Four Galileo satellites are operational and really work

March 2013

For the first time the real position has been calculated using the four Galileo satellites. These first Galileo IOV satellites are fully representative of the others that will follow them into orbit.


Fourteen more will combine with these four to provide the ‘Initial Operational Capability’ by mid-decade, which will then lead into the next phase, the final 30-satellite ‘Full Operational Capability’.

The next 14 Galileo FOC satellites are currently taking shape: their payloads are being constructed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd in Guildford, UK, while the platforms and overall integration are the responsibility of OHB in Bremen, Germany.

Galileo system Galileo satellite


By mid-decade the 18 Galileo satellites then in orbit will provide initial services to users. The complete 30-strong constellation enabling the full range of Galileo services is scheduled for the decade's end.

Rosetta to sleep through loneliest leg of comet mission

July 2011

On 8 June, mission controllers will have the first opportunity to switch ESA's Rosetta comet-hunter into deep-space hibernation for 31 months. During this loneliest leg of its decade-long mission, Rosetta will loop ever closer toward comet 67-P, soaring to almost 1000 million km from Earth.

Marking one of the most dramatic and distant stages of the probe's 10-year journey to rendezvous with Comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ground controllers at ESOC, ESA's European Space Operations Centre, plan to issue the final command next week to switch Rosetta into hibernation mode.

This will trigger the last steps in the shut-down of the spacecraft, turning off almost all flight control systems including telecommunications and attitude control. Rosetta's scientific instruments were already individually powered down during the first four months of this year.

“When Rosetta is getting farther from the Sun, there simply isn't going to be enough sunlight to power its systems," says Paolo Ferri, Head of ESOC's Solar and Planetary Mission Operations Division.

At this time the spacecraft entered deep space hibernation in July 2011 and will be woken up in January 2014, before rendezvousing with Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko in May 2014. It will follow the comet around the Sun and as it moves back out towards the orbit of Jupiter.

De toekomst van de Harmonie

Zowel het Harmoniepark als de zaal Harmonie krijgen in 2013 een grondige opknapbeurt.

June 2011

In het najaar van 2007 bevroeg het district Antwerpen de buurtbewoners over het harmonie park. De buurtbewoners gaven aan dat de Harmoniezaal aan vernieuwing toe is.

De stad Antwerpen besliste een haalbaarheidsstudie te laten uitvoeren over de toekomst van de Harmoniezaal. Op 15 mei 2009 besliste het stadscollege aan de hand van deze studie dat de zaal gerenoveerd zal worden tot een stille ruimte waar verschillende religies terecht kunnen.

Om het park en de zaal als een geheel te renoveren besloot het district Antwerpen hun plannen voor de heraanleg van het park uit te stellen en te laten aansluiten bij het renovatieproject van de harmoniezaal. Voor de opmaak van het ontwerp zal er door het stadscollege een open oproep gebeuren.

Het district Antwerpen zal wel in afwachting enkele onderhoudswerken in het park laten uitvoeren.

De echte werken zullen straten in september 2011 met de afbraak van binnenuitrusting van Harmonie zaal. In mei 2013 starten de werken in het park.