Rapid satnav accuracy down to the palm of your hand11 December 2017
Rapid satnav accuracy down to the palm of your hand11 December 2017 A new technique combining Galileo and other satnav constellations to rapidly deliver smaller than hand-sized positioning accuracy has been proven using signals from all over Earth.
Father of the chips steering Europe’s space missions06 December 2017
Father of the chips steering Europe’s space missions06 December 2017 With every innovation there comes the moment it is put to the test. For space engineer Jiri Gaisler that was the day his brainchild was taken to a Belgian particle accelerator and exposed to a beam of high-energy radiation.
ESA’s latest technology CubeSat cleared for launch site 23 November 2017
ESA’s latest technology CubeSat cleared for launch site 23 November 2017 GomX-4B, ESA’s latest and largest technology-testing CubeSat, will be launched from China early next year, together with the near-identical GomX-4A. The pair will test intersatellite communication links and propulsion while orbiting up to 4500 km apart.
How to make moves in space21 November 2017
How to make moves in space21 November 2017 Giorgio Parzianello, Mechanisms engineer We in the Mechanisms Section keep things moving in space: the field takes in all the moving parts required aboard a spacecraft, as well as ground support equipment used for necessary testing prior to launch.&n...
3D printed metal mutants arise from Europe’s AMAZE programme14 November 2017
3D printed metal mutants arise from Europe’s AMAZE programme14 November 2017 Europe’s lead in metal 3D printing has been strengthened by the four-year AMAZE programme, producing lighter, cheaper, organically shaped parts. ESA was among 26 academic and industrial partners developing novel processes and products for high-perform...
Delivering signal power to cross space09 November 2017
Delivering signal power to cross space09 November 2017 Natanael Ayllon, payload engineer Microwave radio signals – able to pass freely through Earth’s atmosphere as well as empty space – play a role in just about everything, including mission telemetry and telecommands, satellite services and broadcastin...