3D printing CubeSat bodies for cheaper, faster missions22 May 2017 As a first test of a new printable hard, electrically conductive plastic, ESA has 3D-printed CubeSat structures incorporating their own electrical lines. In future, such miniature satellites could be ready to go once their instruments, circuit boards...
Novel use of satnav saves precious water12 May 2017
Novel use of satnav saves precious water12 May 2017 Water conservation is a growing concern globally, and particularly for farmers in the USA, where decades of irrigating huge fields has depleted vital resources of fresh surface water and groundwater. An ESA spin-off that can help to preserve water sup...
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon11 May 2017
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon11 May 2017 If you could fly a CubeSat to the Moon, what could such a tiny satellite do there? ESA posed this question – and now four proposals will be studied in more detail for possible flight over the coming decade.
Test site for ESA-backed airbreathing engine04 May 2017
Test site for ESA-backed airbreathing engine04 May 2017 Work began today on building the UK’s latest rocket engine test facility, designed for firing the engine core of the ESA-backed SABRE propulsion system within three years.
Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun’s heat03 May 2017 Bricks have been 3D printed out of simulated moondust using concentrated sunlight – proving in principle that future lunar colonists could one day use the same approach to build settlements on the Moon.
Small but perfectly formed high-frequency radio testing 10 April 2017
Small but perfectly formed high-frequency radio testing 10 April 2017 ESA’s antenna test facilities are operating at higher frequencies than ever before, helping to prepare a future instrument targeting a mystery aspect of Earth’s climate.