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Aurora participants approve preparatory phase for European Space Exploration Programme

20.07.2004


At the last meeting of the Aurora Board of Participants, held at ESA’s Paris headquarters on Thursday 8 July, the participating states approved the Preparatory Phase of the European Space Exploration Programme (ESEP).


ESA’s Aurora mission will explore the solar system



Revising the original Declaration, the European countries already participating, plus Canada, unanimously agreed to remodel Aurora into a broader preparatory ESEP. This is with a view to possibly increasing their subscriptions and welcoming further participants, including the European Union, in accordance with the signed Framework Agreement.

This decision will ensure that industrial work carried out thus far under Aurora continues. It will enable the drafting of a long-term plan for a robust, innovative and flexible ESEP programme proposal and for a decision at the next ESA ministerial-level Council meeting in 2005. Concerning the financial envelope for this phase, participating states are to confirm their subscription levels by the end-September deadline.


This Preparatory Phase responds to the Director General’s call for new initiatives to build a European Space Programme. Alongside basic and utilitarian activities, the European Space Exploration Programme will provide the inspirational dimension to this. It is, however, also deeply rooted in the work done under Aurora since 2001.

The European Commission (EC), together with all ESA Member States not yet participating, attended the meetings that produced this positive result. They expressed a common interest in space exploration and in ESA’s proposal. The EC is expected to contribute to the Preparatory Phase, especially to scenario building and public outreach.

Pending the next ESA Ministerial Council, work on the main missions designed under Aurora will continue. Notably, the follow-on to the ExoMars Phase A industrial studies and the entry vehicle demonstrator. Mars sample return mission studies will continue and a technology development study on entry, descent and landing systems is also scheduled.

Piero Messina | EurekAlert!
Further information:
http://www.esa.int

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