Ariane 6 on the way to flight06 December 2018
Ariane 6 on the way to flight06 December 2018 This has been an intense year for Ariane 6 development, with progress boosted across Europe: plants are manufacturing new parts using novel methods, all engines have been tested, and the construction of launch facilities is well underway.
ESA team blasts Intel’s new AI chip with radiation at CERN29 November 2018
ESA team blasts Intel’s new AI chip with radiation at CERN29 November 2018 An ESA-led team subjected Intel’s new Myriad 2 artificial intelligence chip to one of the most energetic radiation beams available on Earth. This test of its suitability to fly in space took place at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Researc...
Focus on Vega developments23 November 2018
Focus on Vega developments23 November 2018 Vega is proving its reliability. Based on this heritage, ESA and European industry are building new elements that will increase Vega’s performance, capabilities and flexibility from mid-2019.
Powerful compact corkscrew antenna for Earth-observing missions22 November 2018
Powerful compact corkscrew antenna for Earth-observing missions22 November 2018 A new high-power antenna the size and shape of a large ice cream cone will serve the data downlink needs of the coming generation of European Earth-observing satellites as they gather ever larger quantities of environmental data.
3D printing skin, bone and body parts under study for future astronauts20 November 2018 Astronauts venturing deep into space could receive medical treatments using 3D-printed skin, bone and – one day – entire organs, according to a leading group of 3D bioprinting experts who gathered at ESA’s technical heart.
Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury16 November 2018
Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury16 November 2018 In mid-December, twin discs will begin glowing blue on the underside of a minibus-sized spacecraft in deep space. At that moment Europe and Japan’s BepiColombo mission will have just come a crucial step closer to Mercury.