ESA’s MELiSSA life-support programme wins academic recognition24 July 2017 The head of Europe’s effort to create a close-loop life support system for long-duration space missions has received a prestigious honorary doctorate – amid a busy period in the programme’s 27-year history.
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness19 July 2017
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness19 July 2017 A pair of ESA rovers trundled around a Moon-like area of Tenerife by both day and night during a nine-day test campaign, gathering terabytes of data for follow-up analysis.
Insight into origin of space missions18 July 2017
Insight into origin of space missions18 July 2017 Where do the detailed analyses underpinning new ESA space missions arise from? The Agency’s future-oriented basic activities support the development of new concepts and technologies for space.
Science backing for formation-flying Sun-watcher Proba-317 July 2017 ESA’s Science Programme has agreed to support the technology-demonstrating Proba-3, a double-satellite formation-flying mission tasked with observing a region of the Sun normally hidden from view.
Preparing for Mercury: BepiColombo stack completes testing 06 July 2017 ESA’s Mercury spacecraft has passed its final test in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked like this before being reassembled at the launch site next year.
Asteroid landing systems given trial by software30 June 2017
Asteroid landing systems given trial by software30 June 2017 On screen, the cratered alien landscape hurtles ever closer – putting asteroid or planetary touchdown techniques through the most realistic simulation possible, short of actual spaceflight. A new generation of high-performance software is enabling rea...