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...
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.
Want to snag a satellite? Try a net23 March 2015
Want to snag a satellite? Try a net23 March 2015 One of humanity’s oldest technologies, the humble fishing net, may yet find a new role in space: bringing down dead satellites.
ESA experts assess risk from exploded satellite04 March 2015
ESA experts assess risk from exploded satellite04 March 2015 After studying the recent explosive break-up of a US satellite, ESA space debris experts have concluded this event does not increase the collision risk to nearby ESA missions in any meaningful way.
Maintaining performance with greener materials: Tommaso Ghidini interview04 February 2015 As head of ESA’s Materials Technology section, Tommaso Ghidini has his focus on advanced materials and the entire manufacturing process producing space missions.
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.