Perseverance paves way for wind laser 22 April 2015
Perseverance paves way for wind laser 22 April 2015 Developing new satellite instruments is always challenging, but at times more head-scratching is needed to create something truly cutting-edge. ESA’s Aeolus mission may have caused a few headaches along the way, but its wind lasers are now ready and t...
Design begins for ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission 15 April 2015
Design begins for ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission 15 April 2015 European industry has begun work on dual concept studies to design an innovative Asteroid Impact Mission for ESA. The mission is tasked to encounter and chart a distant asteroid, and then witness it being struck by another spacecraft, returning data t...
Space missions taking account of fast-changing chemical world10 April 2015 Future space missions being designed right now might require serious modifications as new limits are placed on commonly used chemicals. ESA is coming together with industry and national agencies to ensure the space industry stands ready to tackle the...
Proba-2 looks Typhoon Maysak in the eye02 April 2015
Proba-2 looks Typhoon Maysak in the eye02 April 2015 Typhoon Maysak churning across the Pacific Ocean, as snapped from space by an experimental ESA camera smaller than an espresso cup.
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.