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.
The size of a cereal box: ESA’s first satellite of 2018 02 February 2018
The size of a cereal box: ESA’s first satellite of 2018 02 February 2018 ESA’s first mission of the year was launched today: GomX-4B is the Agency’s most advanced technology-tester yet, featuring a hyperspectral camera and tiny thrusters to manoeuvre thousands of kilometres from its near-twin to try out their radio link.
Putting everyday computer parts to space radiation test29 January 2018
Putting everyday computer parts to space radiation test29 January 2018 ESA’s next mission, the miniature GomX-4B, includes a piggyback experiment to test how well everyday commercial computer memories perform in the radiation-soaked environment of space.
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.