Prehistoric cave pigment to shield ESA’s Solar Orbiter12 February 2014
Prehistoric cave pigment to shield ESA’s Solar Orbiter12 February 2014 A pigment once daubed onto prehistoric cave paintings is set to protect the ESA-NASA Solar Orbiter mission from the Sun’s close-up glare. Burnt bone charcoal will be applied to the spacecraft’s titanium heatshield using a novel technique.
Planetary protection: preventing microbes hitchhiking to space29 January 2014 While astronauts might dream of discovering unknown life one day in their future career, ESA’s Planetary Protection Officer oversees activities that achieve it on a regular basis.
French space agency President visits ESTEC22 January 2014
French space agency President visits ESTEC22 January 2014 Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of France’s CNES space agency, was welcomed this week on a tour of ESA’s largest establishment by ESA’s Director General.
Your chance to spin or drop your thesis!13 December 2013
Your chance to spin or drop your thesis!13 December 2013 Are you a university student who dreams of using a world-class gravitational facility for experiments? If yes then ESA’s Education Office wants to hear from you. All you have to decide is whether you want to go heavy or light. In other words: hypergra...
Shaker testing seeks to extend Vega performance20 November 2013
Shaker testing seeks to extend Vega performance20 November 2013 Vega’s top stage has been subjected to the forces of launch on a shaker table at ESA’s main technical centre. This testing is intended to boost the carrying capacity of Europe’s newest launcher for future flights.
A testing time for Galileo satellites headed to space06 November 2013
A testing time for Galileo satellites headed to space06 November 2013 Europe’s next pair of Galileo satellites have been the focus of a busy autumn at ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands, continuing a full-scale campaign to ensure their readiness for space.