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...
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon11 May 2017
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon11 May 2017 If you could fly a CubeSat to the Moon, what could such a tiny satellite do there? ESA posed this question – and now four proposals will be studied in more detail for possible flight over the coming decade.
Test site for ESA-backed airbreathing engine04 May 2017
Test site for ESA-backed airbreathing engine04 May 2017 Work began today on building the UK’s latest rocket engine test facility, designed for firing the engine core of the ESA-backed SABRE propulsion system within three years.
Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun’s heat03 May 2017 Bricks have been 3D printed out of simulated moondust using concentrated sunlight – proving in principle that future lunar colonists could one day use the same approach to build settlements on the Moon.
Small but perfectly formed high-frequency radio testing 10 April 2017
Small but perfectly formed high-frequency radio testing 10 April 2017 ESA’s antenna test facilities are operating at higher frequencies than ever before, helping to prepare a future instrument targeting a mystery aspect of Earth’s climate.
Rocket scientists’ challenge: do the Kessler run 04 April 2017
Rocket scientists’ challenge: do the Kessler run 04 April 2017 The trajectory challenge for this year’s ‘America’s Cup of rocket science’ has been unveiled: removing space debris from orbit. Top aerospace engineers and mathematicians from around the globe are competing to win it.