Propulsion conference charts future course of rockets and satellites22 April 2014 Without propulsion there could be no spaceflight. The ability to travel into and through space underpins the space industry. So, next month, hundreds of experts from around the world will gather to discuss the state-of-the-art of space propulsion – wh...
Ten ways 3D printing could change space15 April 2014
Ten ways 3D printing could change space15 April 2014 This close-up shows a titanium ball manufactured by 3D printing. ESA is investigating the potential of this promising new technology to transform the way space missions are put together.
Student teams announced for Spin and Drop Your Thesis!07 April 2014 Five student teams have been selected for the 2014 Spin Your Thesis! and Drop Your Thesis! programmes. These unique opportunities allow students to run their experiments in world-class gravitational facilities. The data contributes to their syllabus,...
Electric thrusters may steer Galileo in future04 April 2014
Electric thrusters may steer Galileo in future04 April 2014 Future Galileo navigation satellites might adopt electric propulsion to reach their final orbits, with the weight savings offering larger payloads and a broader range of services in the 2020s.
Give a name to ESA’s zone of silence28 March 2014
Give a name to ESA’s zone of silence28 March 2014 Kept isolated from the external Universe, a special ESA chamber simulates the boundless emptiness of space for testing satellite antennas. Recently refitted, it is in need of a new name. Come up with a winning suggestion and you can visit it for yours...
Dutch company powering Galileo24 March 2014
Dutch company powering Galileo24 March 2014 As they bathe the ground below them in test navigation messages, Europe’s Galileo satellites are kept alive by the Sun.