As ever, the huge disparities between the European Space Agency's magazines' delivery dates and cover dates continued on 2004/02/27 when I received the November 2003 issue of "EDUnews". It contained the potentially wonderful first call for proposals for Ariadna, a new ESA initiative managed by ESA's Advanced Concepts Team (ACT) (ah, aren't acronyms so counterproductive?, kudos to the first person who correctly recites exactly what ESA uses S/C; SC; SCOS; ADT and ESTEC as abbreviations for without looking them up) whose subjects are to include informatics and applied mathematics, and also advanced engineering systems which might require reliable software. If you are eligible to apply for these contracts perhaps you could use this opportunity to give ESA justification to use Ada. "Ariadna will be devoted to short, inexpensive studies [..] Small ESA contracts will be awarded to teams of research institutes and academic departments [..]". HTTP://WWW.ESA.int/gsp/ACT/ariadna.html Contact person: Torsten Bondo, ESTEC. Telephone: +31 71 565 8426, fax: +31 71 565 6024. Good luck, Colin Paul Gloster.