Beating the battery chill factor19 December 2016
Beating the battery chill factor19 December 2016 Maria Nestoridi, energy storage engineer I’m a battery specialist – which means that a lot of the time I am involved in battery related reviews for various satellite programmes, ensuring that the battery proposed for a specific mission is t...
Electrifying spacecraft propulsion30 November 2016
Electrifying spacecraft propulsion30 November 2016 Neil Wallace, electric propulsion engineer Electric propulsion has been around for a long time –1920s rocket pioneer Robert Goddard wrote about it. Perhaps it was an idea ahead of its time, because when I got into the space industry the thinking was...
ESA expands space weather services15 November 2016
ESA expands space weather services15 November 2016 A major expansion in the space weather information and services provided by ESA will help satellites in space and networks like power grids on Earth to cope with solar eruptions.
Sending a satellite safely to sleep11 November 2016
Sending a satellite safely to sleep11 November 2016 Down on Earth, everyone knows to remove batteries from electrical goods before recycling. When it comes to disposing of satellites in orbit, the same principle holds true: charged batteries or leftover fuel have been known to trigger breakups, a major...
Boosting Europe’s all-electric satellites18 October 2016
Boosting Europe’s all-electric satellites18 October 2016 Today, ESA astronaut Tim Peake opened a UK facility that will expand Europe’s capability with satellites that rely wholly on electric propulsion.
Vega to launch ESA’s wind mission07 September 2016
Vega to launch ESA’s wind mission07 September 2016 Today, ESA and Arianespace signed a contract to secure the launch of the Aeolus satellite. With this milestone, a better understanding of Earth’s winds is another step closer.