Green propellants need to match performance benchmarks: Ferran Valencia Bel interview27 July 2015 Propulsion engineer Ferran Valencia Bel is working on greener ways to move spacecraft in space, especially now that the environmental shortcomings hydrazine – the first propellant choice of satellite designers for the past six decades – has been highl...
ESA invites ideas to cut space debris creation11 June 2015
ESA invites ideas to cut space debris creation11 June 2015 Tomorrow’s satellites must evolve – because the space they operate in is changing. New regulations on cutting space debris are influencing satellite design, and ESA is reaching out to satellite builders.
ESA heading towards removing space debris 02 June 2015
ESA heading towards removing space debris 02 June 2015 ESA’s goal of removing a derelict satellite from orbit is picking up pace, as a mission design is assembled to be put before European ministers next year for approval.
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.