Experimental spaceplane unboxed for final tests25 June 2014
Experimental spaceplane unboxed for final tests25 June 2014 The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle arrived in the Netherlands last night to undergo final tests at ESA’s main technical centre ahead of its November launch.
Whale of a target: harpooning space debris 24 June 2014
Whale of a target: harpooning space debris 24 June 2014 Faced with the challenge of capturing tumbling satellites to clear key orbits, ESA is considering turning to an ancient terrestrial technology: the harpoon.
Does 3D printing have the right stuff?20 June 2014
Does 3D printing have the right stuff?20 June 2014 3D-printed parts promise a revolution in the space industry, rapidly creating almost any object needed. But do the results really have the right stuff for flying in space? ESA is now checking if their surface finish comes up to scratch.
How shooting stars and satellites turn heat into light13 June 2014 It was the brilliant light that first caught everyone’s attention: as the Chelyabinsk meteor flared through the atmosphere over Russia last year, it exploded in a dazzling burst, then broke apart into smaller fireballs that streaked through the mornin...
Simulation software to guard against satnav spoofers10 June 2014 Advanced simulation software developed via an ESA project is now helping to extend cybersecurity to the crucial sphere of satellite navigation.
Solar Orbiter’s shield takes Sun’s heat 03 June 2014
Solar Orbiter’s shield takes Sun’s heat 03 June 2014 ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission has undergone its latest major test: its protective shield has been subjected to concentrated sunlight to prove it can cope with the fierce temperatures close in to our parent star.