Automated sea vehicles for monitoring the oceans22 March 2018
Automated sea vehicles for monitoring the oceans22 March 2018 A new company from ESA’s UK business incubator has developed an autonomous boat that is propelled by the waves and carries ocean sensors powered by solar energy.
ESA proves new technologies to power future launchers22 March 2018 A full-scale demonstrator of the thrust chamber for an upper-stage rocket engine incorporating the newest propulsion technologies is being prepared for its first hot firing.
ESA testing detection of floating plastic litter from orbit19 March 2018 The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigan...
Proba-1 sets new record08 March 2018
Proba-1 sets new record08 March 2018 Originally designed as a two-year mission and launched on 22 October 2001, Proba-1 is still going strong, providing very valuable hyperspectral data.
World-first firing of air-breathing electric thruster05 March 2018 In a world-first, an ESA-led team has built and fired an electric thruster to ingest scarce air molecules from the top of the atmosphere for propellant, opening the way to satellites flying in very low orbits for years on end.
Waterbeds simulate weightlessness to help Skinsuits combat back pain in space21 February 2018 Astronauts tend to become taller in weightlessness – causing back pain and making it difficult to fit into spacesuits. Astronauts may be more likely to suffer from ‘slipped discs’ after landing.