CubeSats for hunting secrets in lunar darkness23 January 2018
CubeSats for hunting secrets in lunar darkness23 January 2018 Imagine sending a spacecraft the size of an airline cabin bag to the Moon – what would you have it do? ESA issued that challenge to European teams last year, and two winners have now been chosen.
Satellites paint a detailed picture of maritime activity18 January 2018
Satellites paint a detailed picture of maritime activity18 January 2018 ESA has helped coastal authorities to track up to 70% more ships and pick up nearly three times more ship positions via satellite than was possible before.
ESA and China team up on typhoon-targeting imager17 January 2018
ESA and China team up on typhoon-targeting imager17 January 2018 ESA has teamed up with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to test an instrument capable of peering down from orbit through dense clouds and rain to sound the depths of typhoons and storms.
Exploring alien worlds with lasers10 January 2018
Exploring alien worlds with lasers10 January 2018 In everyday life we look and touch things to find out what they are made of. A powerful scientific technique does the same using lasers – and in two years’ time it will fly in space for the first time.
From satellites to the sea: VDES offers global link for ships10 January 2018 There are yawning gaps in our interconnected world: unable or unwilling to take up satellite communications, many smaller ships find themselves isolated on the high seas. ESA is part of an ambitious effort to upgrade an existing VHF system to provide...
Hand-sized hyperspectral camera to fly on ESA’s next CubeSat08 January 2018
Hand-sized hyperspectral camera to fly on ESA’s next CubeSat08 January 2018 Colour equals information, so the more spectral bands an Earth-observing satellite sees, the greater quantity of environmental findings returned to its homeworld. Now ESA is ready to fly a hand-sized hyperspectral imager – small enough to fit on its n...