Hera asteroid mission’s brain to be radiation-hard and failure-proof11 June 2019 At the heart of ESA’s Hera mission to the double Didymos asteroids will be an onboard computer intended to be failure-proof.
Dozens of satellites joining Vega’s ride-share to space 04 June 2019 More than 40 satellite missions will be launched at once by Europe’s Vega launcher this autumn, thanks to the innovative modular “Lego-style” dispenser resting on its upper stage.
Binary asteroids, key to Earth’s planetary defence04 June 2019 Humankind has had its closest look yet at a binary asteroid. As 1999 KW4 skimmed past our planet at 70 000 km/h, the most advanced visible-light telescope on Earth resolved the 1.3-km diameter asteroid and its 360-m sized moon. An even closer spacecra...
‘Intelligent’ thrust for Europe’s future launchers29 May 2019 ESA has recently completed hot-firing tests that prove technologies in a move towards ‘intelligent’ engines to power the upper stages of next-generation launchers.
ESA renews focus on Canary Islands for laser operations24 May 2019 Their winning combination of high altitudes and clear skies make Spain’s Canary Islands one of the world's best locations for astronomy. Now ESA has signed an agreement with the organisation running the Islands’ observatories to expand their role in l...
ESA responding to EU’s REACH chemical law24 May 2019
ESA responding to EU’s REACH chemical law24 May 2019 The EU’s REACH regulation limits the use of potentially harmful chemicals to safeguard European citizens and the environment. But REACH also throws up challenges to Europe’s space industry that ESA is helping companies respond to.