Anatomy of a debris incident01 February 2017
Anatomy of a debris incident01 February 2017 A space debris avoidance manoeuvre planned for ESA’s Swarm mission proved unnecessary last week, but the close encounter highlighted the growing risk from space debris.
Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite hit by space particle31 August 2016
Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite hit by space particle31 August 2016 ESA engineers have discovered that a solar panel on the Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite was hit by a millimetre-size particle in orbit on 23 August. Thanks to onboard cameras, ground controllers were able to identify the affected area. So far, there...
European space operations experts at the Berlin Air and Space Show31 May 2016 ESA will be exhibiting in the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion (Hall 4) at ILA – one of the world’s largest aerospace trade shows – this week.
Reentry data will help improve prediction models23 October 2015
Reentry data will help improve prediction models23 October 2015 A rare reentry of a suspected rocket body from a very high orbit next month offers an excellent opportunity to gather data to improve our knowledge of how objects interact with Earth’s atmosphere.
Scuttling satellites to save space26 March 2015
Scuttling satellites to save space26 March 2015 It takes a lot of ingenuity – not to mention a massive quantity of sheer force – to get satellites into orbit. Now space engineers are applying comparable ingenuity to the challenge of getting their missions out of there, too.
ESA experts assess risk from exploded satellite04 March 2015
ESA experts assess risk from exploded satellite04 March 2015 After studying the recent explosive break-up of a US satellite, ESA space debris experts have concluded this event does not increase the collision risk to nearby ESA missions in any meaningful way.