Four decades of tracking European spacecraft 18 May 2015
Four decades of tracking European spacecraft 18 May 2015 Forty years ago this week, a satellite ground station in Spain became the first to be assigned to what would become ESA. Since then, the network – Estrack – has expanded worldwide and today employs cutting-edge technology to link mission controllers w...
Tracking Japan’s asteroid sample mission 29 April 2015
Tracking Japan’s asteroid sample mission 29 April 2015 ESA is set to support Japan’s ‘touch-and-go’ Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, now en route to a little-known asteroid, helping to boost the scientific return from this audacious mission.
Galileo satellites well on way to working orbit14 April 2015
Galileo satellites well on way to working orbit14 April 2015 Their systems performing well, Europe’s recently launched Galileo navigation satellites have carried out a set of manoeuvres that will take them down to their working positions in orbit.
Cluster satellite catches up 25 March 2015
Cluster satellite catches up 25 March 2015 One of the four Cluster satellites has shifted its orbit to ensure a safe reentry when the time comes, as well as providing a rare opportunity to study how a satellite’s exhaust plume interacts with the solar wind.
Sixth Galileo satellite reaches corrected orbit13 March 2015
Sixth Galileo satellite reaches corrected orbit13 March 2015 The sixth Galileo satellite of Europe’s navigation system has now entered its corrected target orbit, which will allow detailed testing to assess the performance of its navigation payload.
Have you ever used a camera on board an interplanetary craft? 06 March 2015 [UPDATE 27 March: Proposals now closed] In May, the ‘webcam’ on board Mars Express will be available for public imaging requests. We’re inviting schools, science clubs and youth groups to submit proposals for one of eight opportunities to image anothe...