Catching signals from a speeding satellite07 March 2014
Catching signals from a speeding satellite07 March 2014 Soaring high above Earth as they speed through space, satellites are difficult targets to track. Now a new approach developed in Europe is helping ground stations to acquire signals faster and more accurately than ever before.
Lava floods the ancient plains of Mars 06 March 2014
Lava floods the ancient plains of Mars 06 March 2014 Two distinct volcanic eruptions have flooded this area of Daedalia Planum with lava, flowing around an elevated fragment of ancient terrain.
Name that mission04 March 2014
Name that mission04 March 2014 ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen will be venturing to the International Space Station next year. He is training as the flight engineer on the Soyuz spacecraft that will fly 400 km above Earth but his mission does not have a name – yet.
ESA at Space4You Nereus conference28 February 2014
ESA at Space4You Nereus conference28 February 2014 The Space4You conference on space as a driver for competitiveness and growth concluded today in the city of Bari in southern Italy.
Touchy-feely joystick heading to Space Station26 February 2014
Touchy-feely joystick heading to Space Station26 February 2014 Stowed inside ESA’s next supply ship to the International Space Station will be one of the most advanced joysticks ever built, designed to test the remote control of robots on the ground from up in orbit.
First Copernicus satellite at launch site25 February 2014
First Copernicus satellite at launch site25 February 2014 The Sentinel-1A radar satellite has arrived at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to be prepared over the coming weeks for launch on 3 April.
Planet hunter sharpens eye surgery 24 February 2014
Planet hunter sharpens eye surgery 24 February 2014 Physicians in the Netherlands have turned to expertise from a planet-hunting telescope to steady their surgical microscope and save the sight of people threatened by blindness.
How to catch a satellite21 February 2014
How to catch a satellite21 February 2014 Standard space dockings are difficult enough, but a future ESA mission plans to capture derelict satellites adrift in orbit. Part of an effort to control space debris, the shopping list of new technologies this ambitious mission requires is set for di...
Sentinel-1 spreads its wings21 February 2014
Sentinel-1 spreads its wings21 February 2014 When Sentinel-1 is placed in orbit around Earth in a few weeks, it has to perform a complicated dance routine to unfold its large solar wings and radar antenna. Engineers have recently been making sure the moves are well rehearsed.
Neosat boosting Europe’s telecommunications by satellite20 February 2014
Neosat boosting Europe’s telecommunications by satellite20 February 2014 ESA is forging ahead with the Neosat next-generation satcom platform, planning the first flights within five years. The goal is for European satellite builders to capture at least half of the world’s satcom market in 2018–30 through innovation and eff...
ESA selects planet-hunting PLATO mission19 February 2014
ESA selects planet-hunting PLATO mission19 February 2014 A space-based observatory to search for planets orbiting alien stars has been selected today as ESA’s third medium-class science mission. It is planned for launch by 2024.
Sharp-eyed Proba-V works around the clock18 February 2014
Sharp-eyed Proba-V works around the clock18 February 2014 More than 5000 images, 65 daily global maps and six 10-day global syntheses, plus a quick peek at the Olympics: in its first two months of work, the vegetation-monitoring Proba-V minisatellite has yielded a valuable harvest for around a hundred scient...