Space is hard: tough testing for 3D-printed metal parts21 August 2018
Space is hard: tough testing for 3D-printed metal parts21 August 2018 3D-printed metal parts produced through a Europe-wide collaboration of high-performance industrial sectors have undergone extensive testing for space use – tested to destruction in many cases – by ESA’s specialist advanced manufacturing lab in the UK.
Germany’s OHB to bring ESA’s Hera asteroid mission to next level10 August 2018 ESA’s proposed Hera mission, humankind’s first visit to a binary asteroid system, is set to undergo detailed study led by OHB System AG in Germany.
What’s your idea to 3D print on the Moon – to make it feel like home?20 July 2018 A new ESA-led project is investigating the ways that 3D printing could be used to create and run a habitat on the Moon. Everything from building materials to solar panels, equipment and tools to clothes, even nutrients and food ingredients can potenti...
Spinning-top asteroids, from Rosetta to Hayabusa2 – and maybe Hera18 July 2018 As Japan’s Hayabusa2 drew closer to its target Ryugu asteroid, a strange new planetoid came into view – but one with a somewhat familiar shape. This distinct ‘spinning top’ asteroid class has been seen repeatedly in recent years, and might give a fore...
Students challenged to redesign 3D-printed space part18 July 2018 Europe’s first course in 3D printing for space structures, taught at Italy’s Politecnico di Milano with an ESA expert as guest professor, included a contest challenging students to re-engineer actual space hardware 3D printed by European industry.
Norway’s hybrid rocket motor sets new record06 July 2018
Norway’s hybrid rocket motor sets new record06 July 2018 The final static firing of a rocket motor has scored a new record for Norway and demonstrated Europe’s lead in hybrid launcher propulsion.