Scaling up in space – with formation flying11 October 2016
Scaling up in space – with formation flying11 October 2016 Agnes Mestreau-Garreau, Proba-3 Project Manager Due to launch in late 2019, Proba-3 is a technology demonstration mission to explore precision formation flying techniques and technologies. We’re doing this to prepare the way for future space missions...
Proba-3: set the controls for the verge of the Sun12 September 2016
Proba-3: set the controls for the verge of the Sun12 September 2016 By converging in orbit, a pair of small satellites will open a new view on the source of the largest structure in the Solar System: the Sun’s ghostly atmosphere, extending millions of kilometres out into space.
Proba-3: seeing through shadow to view Sun’s corona22 August 2016
Proba-3: seeing through shadow to view Sun’s corona22 August 2016 Every 18 months or so, scientists and sensation-seekers gather at set points on Earth’s surface, to await awe-inspiring solar eclipses. The Moon briefly blocks the Sun, revealing its mysterious outer atmosphere, the corona. Though what if researchers...
Model progress of Proba-3 formation-fliers04 May 2016
Model progress of Proba-3 formation-fliers04 May 2016 The design evolution of ESA’s Proba-3 double satellite is shown by this trio of 3D-printed models, each pair – from left to right – produced after successive development milestones.
Proba-V eyes Bolivia’s vanishing lake08 February 2016
Proba-V eyes Bolivia’s vanishing lake08 February 2016 Monitoring Earth’s surface every day, ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite has had a ringside seat as the second largest lake in Bolivia gradually dried up. Lake Poopó has now been declared fully evaporated.
Gallium nitride helping link Proba-V to Earth25 June 2015
Gallium nitride helping link Proba-V to Earth25 June 2015 Europe’s first item of high-performance gallium nitride technology to fly in space has completed its second year of operations. Hosted on ESA’s Earth-observing Proba-V minisatellite in 2013 as a test prototype, the transmitter is today used routinely...