Dutch King Willem-Alexander marks Europe’s first half-century in space 17 December 2014 A year of celebrations marking half a century of European cooperation in space concluded at ESA’s largest establishment – the ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands – which was honoured with a royal visit.
Rosetta tank test available to all space missions16 December 2014
Rosetta tank test available to all space missions16 December 2014 A test originally invented to save ESA’s Rosetta comet-chaser is today at the disposal of all European space missions, helping to ensure their propellant tanks will not crack up under stress.
Crude oil cargo for ESA’s first flight with China11 December 2014
Crude oil cargo for ESA’s first flight with China11 December 2014 ESA is finalising its first experiment on a Chinese space mission: small containers of crude oil will help to improve our understanding of oil reservoirs buried kilometres underground.
Proba-3 double-satellite nearer to space08 December 2014
Proba-3 double-satellite nearer to space08 December 2014 A pair of satellites flying in close formation to cast an artificial eclipse is now being turned into space-ready reality by ESA’s industrial partners.
On solid ground03 December 2014
On solid ground03 December 2014 Lovers of architecture and history can rest easy: the stability of historical buildings can now be monitored in real time by a new technique with its roots in space.
Europe’s 3D printer set for Space Station 13 November 2014
Europe’s 3D printer set for Space Station 13 November 2014 Europe’s very first 3D printer in space is scheduled for installation aboard the ISS next year.