First EDRS node on track for launch29 October 2014
First EDRS node on track for launch29 October 2014 The first component of Europe’s space data highway passed several critical tests this summer replicating the harsh launch and space conditions it will soon have to endure.
Packing for Mars22 October 2014
Packing for Mars22 October 2014 Like surgeons in an operating room, the technicians work gowned and masked in ESA’s ultraclean microbiology laboratory, ensuring a high-tech sensor will not contaminate the Red Planet with terrestrial microbes.
Molten metals in spin cycle on ESA’s centrifuge15 October 2014
Molten metals in spin cycle on ESA’s centrifuge15 October 2014 The experimenters stared through bulletproof glass at the whirling 8 m-diameter centrifuge. Never mind the shaking or stirring of drink cocktails – what happens when you spin a cocktail of molten metal?
Sticky business: bonding ultrastable space missions 13 October 2014
Sticky business: bonding ultrastable space missions 13 October 2014 A new ultrastable adhesive identified through ESA research could be a key to assembling rock-solid structures for space, including large telescopes, instruments and antennas to peer deeper into the cosmos or sharpen views of our terrestrial environment.
Mirror, mirror: testing 3D printing for space07 October 2014
Mirror, mirror: testing 3D printing for space07 October 2014 Global space agencies have prioritised additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, as a technology with the potential to transform the way space missions are put together. But what still needs to be done to ensure 3D-printed products are genuin...
Gateway to space open for thousands of ESA visitors06 October 2014
Gateway to space open for thousands of ESA visitors06 October 2014 The public converged on Europe’s largest space site for Sunday’s Open Day at ESA’s technical heart. Touring across the site, they met astronauts, viewed spacecraft and inspected test facilities – and came face to face with a spectacular new world.