3D printing skin, bone and body parts under study for future astronauts20 November 2018 Astronauts venturing deep into space could receive medical treatments using 3D-printed skin, bone and – one day – entire organs, according to a leading group of 3D bioprinting experts who gathered at ESA’s technical heart.
Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury16 November 2018
Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury16 November 2018 In mid-December, twin discs will begin glowing blue on the underside of a minibus-sized spacecraft in deep space. At that moment Europe and Japan’s BepiColombo mission will have just come a crucial step closer to Mercury.
Microlaunchers: new ways to access space16 November 2018
Microlaunchers: new ways to access space16 November 2018 Access to space was in the spotlight at this week's Φ event which followed an ESA-hosted workshop on Europe’s emerging microlaunch services held in Paris, France for industry, investors and institutions.
HAPS – missions to the edge of space to watch over Earth15 November 2018
HAPS – missions to the edge of space to watch over Earth15 November 2018 Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) — an uncrewed airship, plane or balloon watching over Earth from the stratosphere. Operating like satellites but from closer to Earth, HAPS are the ‘missing link’ between dr...
Hot fire test proves 3D-printed thrust chamber for future Vega Evolution14 November 2018 The first element of Europe’s future evolution of the Vega launch vehicle for use beyond 2025 was successfully tested this week at Avio in Colleferro, Italy.
Speeding up the space industry with digitalised satellites14 November 2018
Speeding up the space industry with digitalised satellites14 November 2018 The ‘fit check’ is that moment in a launch campaign when a satellite is first attached to the launcher adapter that will cradle it on its flight to orbit. This is supposed to be a mere formality, but uncertainty is there in its very name: what if thes...