An ecosystem in a box 19 January 2015
An ecosystem in a box 19 January 2015 An unusual package was delivered to a hotel in Beijing, China, in 1987 containing a batch of blue–green algae that would spend five days in space in a capsule. The ESA-led MELiSSA project was on its way.
CleanSat: new satellite technologies for cleaner low orbits 12 January 2015
CleanSat: new satellite technologies for cleaner low orbits 12 January 2015 What goes up must go down. When it comes to satellites, this dictum has become a statutory requirement. Otherwise, key low orbits may well become unusable as they fill with debris.
Astronaut feels the force 05 January 2015
Astronaut feels the force 05 January 2015 In a milestone for space robotics, the International Space Station has hosted the first full run of ESA’s experiment with a force-reflecting joystick.
Rosetta tank test available to all space missions16 December 2014
Rosetta tank test available to all space missions16 December 2014 A test originally invented to save ESA’s Rosetta comet-chaser is today at the disposal of all European space missions, helping to ensure their propellant tanks will not crack up under stress.
Crude oil cargo for ESA’s first flight with China11 December 2014
Crude oil cargo for ESA’s first flight with China11 December 2014 ESA is finalising its first experiment on a Chinese space mission: small containers of crude oil will help to improve our understanding of oil reservoirs buried kilometres underground.
Proba-3 double-satellite nearer to space08 December 2014
Proba-3 double-satellite nearer to space08 December 2014 A pair of satellites flying in close formation to cast an artificial eclipse is now being turned into space-ready reality by ESA’s industrial partners.