Touchy-feely joystick heading to Space Station26 February 2014
Touchy-feely joystick heading to Space Station26 February 2014 Stowed inside ESA’s next supply ship to the International Space Station will be one of the most advanced joysticks ever built, designed to test the remote control of robots on the ground from up in orbit.
How to catch a satellite21 February 2014
How to catch a satellite21 February 2014 Standard space dockings are difficult enough, but a future ESA mission plans to capture derelict satellites adrift in orbit. Part of an effort to control space debris, the shopping list of new technologies this ambitious mission requires is set for di...
ESA helping prepare satnav mass market for Galileo services17 February 2014
ESA helping prepare satnav mass market for Galileo services17 February 2014 With the first Galileo services set to begin this year, ESA is working directly with European manufacturers of mass-market satnav chips and receivers to ensure that their products are Galileo-ready.
Prehistoric cave pigment to shield ESA’s Solar Orbiter12 February 2014
Prehistoric cave pigment to shield ESA’s Solar Orbiter12 February 2014 A pigment once daubed onto prehistoric cave paintings is set to protect the ESA-NASA Solar Orbiter mission from the Sun’s close-up glare. Burnt bone charcoal will be applied to the spacecraft’s titanium heatshield using a novel technique.
Planetary protection: preventing microbes hitchhiking to space29 January 2014 While astronauts might dream of discovering unknown life one day in their future career, ESA’s Planetary Protection Officer oversees activities that achieve it on a regular basis.
Tacking sails to a satellite28 January 2014
Tacking sails to a satellite28 January 2014 Satellites ending their working lifetimes could sprout sails in future to ensure they are dragged down into Earth’s atmosphere, keeping crucial low orbits free of space debris. ESA’s Clean Space initiative is looking to test how this promising concept...