Planting oxygen15 December 2017
Planting oxygen15 December 2017 When resources are limited, you have to work with what you have – especially in the harsh environment of space. Though the International Space Station is regularly restocked by cargo vessels, like today’s Dragon, self-sufficient spaceflight in the fut...
Mars upside down14 December 2017
Mars upside down14 December 2017 Which way is up in space? Planets are usually shown with the north pole at the top and the south pole at the bottom. In this remarkable image taken by ESA’s Mars Express, the Red Planet is seen with north at the bottom, and the equator at the top.
Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth14 December 2017
Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth14 December 2017 ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli landed back on Earth early this morning after 139 days in space. The ride home from the International Space Station required braking from 28 800 km/h to a standstill in barely three hours.
Galileo launch brings navigation network close to completion12 December 2017
Galileo launch brings navigation network close to completion12 December 2017 Europe has four more Galileo navigation satellites in the sky following their launch on an Ariane 5 rocket. After today’s success, only one more launch remains before the Galileo constellation is complete and delivering global coverage.
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday’s flight08 December 2017
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday’s flight08 December 2017 Europe’s next four Galileo navigation satellites are in place atop their Ariane 5, ready to be launched next Tuesday.
Cells in space 07 December 2017
Cells in space 07 December 2017 Laboratories on Earth hardly make the news, unless they come up with life-saving cures. So why would anyone care about a lab in space? The medicine you take on Earth begins with cell research, and the latest experiments on the International Space Stat...
Visit of President of Republic of Bulgaria to ESA 04 December 2017
Visit of President of Republic of Bulgaria to ESA 04 December 2017 The President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Rumen Radev, was welcomed on a visit to ESA’s Headquarters in Paris on 4 December by the Agency’s Director General, Jan Wörner.
Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus01 December 2017
Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus01 December 2017 Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus s...
Space technology to drive autonomous ships30 November 2017
Space technology to drive autonomous ships30 November 2017 ESA Director General Jan Wörner signed a Memorandum of Intent with Rolls-Royce today, as the two entities agree to investigate how space technology can be used to develop autonomous and remote-controlled ships.
Crossing drones with satellites: ESA eyes high-altitude aerial platforms28 November 2017 ESA is considering extending its activities to a new region of the sky via a novel type of aerial vehicle, a ‘missing link’ between drones and satellites.
Going green to the Red Planet28 November 2017
Going green to the Red Planet28 November 2017 ESA’s ground station in Western Australia routinely communicates with spacecraft at far-away places like Mars. Now, it’s using sunlight to generate electricity, significantly reducing energy costs.
ESA’s latest technology CubeSat cleared for launch site 23 November 2017
ESA’s latest technology CubeSat cleared for launch site 23 November 2017 GomX-4B, ESA’s latest and largest technology-testing CubeSat, will be launched from China early next year, together with the near-identical GomX-4A. The pair will test intersatellite communication links and propulsion while orbiting up to 4500 km apart.