Proba-V images Portuguese forest fire21 June 2017
Proba-V images Portuguese forest fire21 June 2017 ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite has captured the forest fire raging in central Portugal, revealing blackened scars and columns of smoke as well as pinpointing active fire hotspots.
Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites19 June 2017
Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites19 June 2017 Derelict satellites could in future be grappled and removed from key orbits around Earth with a space tug using magnetic forces.
New centre introducing ESA projects and space firms to 3D printing30 May 2017 ESA is establishing a new ‘one-stop shop’ covering 3D printing for space in partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre.
Atomic oxygen generator simulates fire in the sky29 May 2017 ESA has begun operating a new simulator that fires a laser to generate a variety of oxygen normally encountered only in low orbits – and known to eat away at satellite surfaces.
3D printing CubeSat bodies for cheaper, faster missions22 May 2017 As a first test of a new printable hard, electrically conductive plastic, ESA has 3D-printed CubeSat structures incorporating their own electrical lines. In future, such miniature satellites could be ready to go once their instruments, circuit boards...
Novel use of satnav saves precious water12 May 2017
Novel use of satnav saves precious water12 May 2017 Water conservation is a growing concern globally, and particularly for farmers in the USA, where decades of irrigating huge fields has depleted vital resources of fresh surface water and groundwater. An ESA spin-off that can help to preserve water sup...