Exploration makes perfect19 November 2018
Exploration makes perfect19 November 2018 Testing the technology to explore other planets starts on Earth. While robots scout uncharted terrains, moonwalkers analyse rocks and send detailed geological descriptions to mission control. Artificial intelligence gets better with human interaction...
A job and a half for first Eurostar Neo mission19 November 2018
A job and a half for first Eurostar Neo mission19 November 2018 ESA’s Neosat platform developed with Airbus – Eurostar Neo – has found its first mission; supplying two satellites for a role currently being performed by three.
ɸ and citizens16 November 2018
ɸ and citizens16 November 2018 As ESA’s ɸ-week draws to a close, it’s worth remembering that the science and technology involved in observing our planet from space isn’t entirely for the preserve of experts. With a growing interest in the environment and the climate, there are plen...
Microlaunchers: new ways to access space16 November 2018
Microlaunchers: new ways to access space16 November 2018 Access to space was in the spotlight at this week's Φ event which followed an ESA-hosted workshop on Europe’s emerging microlaunch services held in Paris, France for industry, investors and institutions.
Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury16 November 2018
Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury16 November 2018 In mid-December, twin discs will begin glowing blue on the underside of a minibus-sized spacecraft in deep space. At that moment Europe and Japan’s BepiColombo mission will have just come a crucial step closer to Mercury.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? 16 November 2018
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? 16 November 2018 It may not be your actual Superman, but participants to ESA’s ɸ-week are certainly embracing some ‘superhero’ ideas for the future of Earth observation, including high-flying platforms – something between a satellite and an aircraft.
App to the Moon16 November 2018
App to the Moon16 November 2018 It is magnificently quiet at the rim of the lunar crater. Nearly 400 000 km away from Earth, the silence and vastness of the unknown terrain can be overwhelming. Yet our moonwalker does not feel alone.
Space making the virtual a reality15 November 2018
Space making the virtual a reality15 November 2018 What do astronauts, Pokémon, wildlife park rangers and surgeons all have in common?
Harnessing artificial intelligence for sustainability goals14 November 2018
Harnessing artificial intelligence for sustainability goals14 November 2018 As ESA’s ɸ-week continues to provoke and inspire participants on new ways of using Earth observation for monitoring our world to benefit the citizens of today and of the future, it is clear that artificial intelligence is set to play an important role.
UNICEF and ɸ: Earth observation and innovation for the most vulnerable14 November 2018 Every day, UNICEF works to help children that are victims of poverty, disease, conflict, migration and more. These problems are not only tragic, but also extremely complex. To further improve the way it works, UNICEF is taking a non-traditional approa...
New horizon for space transportation services13 November 2018
New horizon for space transportation services13 November 2018 ESA reaches out to encourage open innovation and offer support. A global response to ESA’s call for ideas on new space transportation services has resulted in 79 proposals of which 41 were considered eligible for expert advice from ESA.
ɸ-week kicks off12 November 2018
ɸ-week kicks off12 November 2018 With satellites delivering a mindboggling amount of data about our planet along with the availability of the latest digital technologies, there are countless opportunities for innovation. ESA’s ɸ-week, which kicked off today, explores how this new wor...