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.
Rocket scientists’ challenge: do the Kessler run 04 April 2017
Rocket scientists’ challenge: do the Kessler run 04 April 2017 The trajectory challenge for this year’s ‘America’s Cup of rocket science’ has been unveiled: removing space debris from orbit. Top aerospace engineers and mathematicians from around the globe are competing to win it.
European conference on space debris risks and mitigation04 April 2017 The 7th European Conference on Space Debris, to be held 18–21 April at ESA’s Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, will provide a unique forum for leading scientists, engineers, managers, space operators, industry, academia and policy-makers...
CubeSats: from educational tools to autonomous space drones31 March 2017 Roger Walker, Technology CubeSat manager CubeSats started as a tool for education. Profs Jordi Puig-Suari of California Polytechnic State University and Bob Twiggs of Stanford University wanted students to gain hands-on experience in designing, makin...
Surviving the long dark night of the Moon23 March 2017
Surviving the long dark night of the Moon23 March 2017 Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving.
Magnetic mirror design for sifting evidence of primordial gravitational waves20 February 2017 ESA has backed the development of a ‘metamaterial’ device to sift through the faint afterglow of the Big Bang, to search for evidence of primordial gravitational waves triggered by the rapidly expanding newborn Universe.