How each Galileo satellite is tested ahead of launch31 July 2017 Each Galileo satellite must go through a rigorous test campaign to assure its readiness for the violence of launch, airlessness and temperature extremes of Earth orbit.
Preparing for Mercury: BepiColombo stack completes testing 06 July 2017 ESA’s Mercury spacecraft has passed its final test in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked like this before being reassembled at the launch site next year.
Aerial view of ESA’s technical centre05 April 2017
Aerial view of ESA’s technical centre05 April 2017 The date is fixed: you are invited to visit ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands for its annual Open Day on Sunday, 8 October.
MetOp-C lowered into LSS22 February 2017
MetOp-C lowered into LSS22 February 2017 The payload module of MetOp-C, Europe’s latest weather satellite, being lowered into Europe’s largest vacuum chamber, the 10 m-diameter Large Space Simulator.
Solar array drive mechanism on microvibration unit01 February 2017
Solar array drive mechanism on microvibration unit01 February 2017 The smooth running of the mechanism that will align the solar wings powering Europe’s latest weather satellite has been demonstrated using ESA’s new microvibration unit.
Card-thick space antenna24 March 2016
Card-thick space antenna24 March 2016 A whole new kind of large space antenna has been tested in realistic space conditions. This 5 m-diameter reflector seen being lowered into ESA’s Large Space Simulator appears translucent because it is a few tenths of a mm thick – thinner than a piece...