ESA’s planetary defence test set for 202031 March 2015
ESA’s planetary defence test set for 202031 March 2015 If an asteroid were spotted headed towards Earth, what could humanity do about it? ESA’s latest mission is part of a larger international effort to find out.
Scuttling satellites to save space26 March 2015
Scuttling satellites to save space26 March 2015 It takes a lot of ingenuity – not to mention a massive quantity of sheer force – to get satellites into orbit. Now space engineers are applying comparable ingenuity to the challenge of getting their missions out of there, too.
Want to snag a satellite? Try a net23 March 2015
Want to snag a satellite? Try a net23 March 2015 One of humanity’s oldest technologies, the humble fishing net, may yet find a new role in space: bringing down dead satellites.
Astronaut plus Proba minisats snap solar eclipse 20 March 2015
Astronaut plus Proba minisats snap solar eclipse 20 March 2015 As today’s partial solar eclipse crossed Europe, it was also visible from space. ESA’s Proba-2 captured a near-total eclipse from orbit, at the same time as its sister minisatellite Proba-V peered down to snap the shadow of the eclipse on Earth.
Technology to-do list helping secure Europe’s non-dependence19 March 2015 ESA, the European Commission and the European Defence Agency have agreed on a list of actions for strategic non-dependence for critical space technologies.
Mapping sea surface from the Space Station16 March 2015
Mapping sea surface from the Space Station16 March 2015 A new concept that involves mounting an instrument on the International Space Station and taking advantage of signals from navigation satellites could provide measurements of sea-surface height and information about features related to ocean currents,...