Space smash: simulating when satellites collide24 April 2018
Space smash: simulating when satellites collide24 April 2018 Satellites orbiting Earth are moving at many kilometres per second – so what happens when their paths cross? Satellite collisions are rare, and their consequences poorly understood, so a new project seeks to simulate them, for better forecasting of fu...
ESA’s GomX-4B CubeSat relaying data across space from Danish twin18 April 2018 ESA’s latest mission has completed its in-orbit commissioning. The cereal-box-sized GomX-4B performed a transfer of data across hundreds of kilometres of space from its Danish twin.
Walking on the Moon – underwater17 April 2018
Walking on the Moon – underwater17 April 2018 It’s one of the deepest ‘swimming pools’ in Europe, but for three years has been helping preparations for a human return to the Moon. ESA’s Neutral Buoyancy Facility at the European Astronaut Centre has been the site of the ‘Moondive’ study, using spe...
Automated sea vehicles for monitoring the oceans22 March 2018
Automated sea vehicles for monitoring the oceans22 March 2018 A new company from ESA’s UK business incubator has developed an autonomous boat that is propelled by the waves and carries ocean sensors powered by solar energy.
ESA proves new technologies to power future launchers22 March 2018 A full-scale demonstrator of the thrust chamber for an upper-stage rocket engine incorporating the newest propulsion technologies is being prepared for its first hot firing.
ESA investigating detection of floating plastic litter from orbit19 March 2018 The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigan...