Earth vs. asteroids: humans strike back22 April 2019
Earth vs. asteroids: humans strike back22 April 2019 Incoming asteroids have been scarring our home planet for billions of years. This month humankind left our own mark on an asteroid for the first time: Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft dropped a copper projectile at very high speed in an attempt to form a...
Seeking innovative ideas: space for the oceans15 April 2019
Seeking innovative ideas: space for the oceans15 April 2019 ESA seeks your ideas for applying space technology to Earth-based problems. Through the Open Space Innovation Platform, a new challenge-based website, the Agency is hunting out bright ideas to monitor plastic waste polluting the oceans, and to improve...
ESA opening up to new ideas12 April 2019
ESA opening up to new ideas12 April 2019 ESA aims to harness a new resource for future space activities: ideas from European researchers, businesses and the general public. Through its new Open Space Innovation Platform (OSIP), anyone is welcome to respond to space-related challenges.
Watch our Galileo smartphone app award and vote for your winner12 April 2019 On Thursday 18 April, you are cordially invited to view the final presentations of ESA’s second Galileo smartphone app competition – to develop an app capable of performing fixes using raw Galileo satnav measurements – as well as put your own vote in...
Drop test proves technologies for reusable microlauncher12 April 2019 Spain’s PLD Space, supported by ESA, has demonstrated the technologies for a reusable first stage of their orbital microlauncher, Miura 5.
Rocket break-up provides rare chance to test debris formation12 April 2019 The discarded ‘upper stage’ from a rocket launched almost ten years ago has recently crumbled to pieces.
Europe’s institutions on their use of Ariane 6 and Vega-C11 April 2019 ESA and Arianespace are giving full support to European institutional customers to launch their missions on Ariane 6 and Vega-C.
First results from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter10 April 2019
First results from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter10 April 2019 New evidence of the impact of the recent planet-encompassing dust storm on water in the atmosphere, and a surprising lack of methane, are among the scientific highlights of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s first year in orbit.
Fireworks of blue lightning and gamma rays above thunderclouds 09 April 2019 After only one year in space, the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) on the International Space Station has given researchers a new understanding of how lightning is created, and how thunderstorms can affect the atmosphere and the climate.
European quantum communications network takes shape09 April 2019
European quantum communications network takes shape09 April 2019 Today’s interconnected world is ever more vulnerable to cyberattacks, emphasising the importance of secure encryption to protect Europe’s critical infrastructure and communications. An agreement forged today between the European Commission and the Eur...
Glaciers lose nine trillion tonnes of ice in half a century08 April 2019 When we think of climate change, one of the first things to come to mind is melting polar ice. However, ice loss isn’t just restricted to the polar regions. According to research published today, glaciers around the world have lost well over 9000 giga...
Stargazing technology used to spot cancer08 April 2019
Stargazing technology used to spot cancer08 April 2019 An X-ray machine which uses space technology to generate crystal clear images that doctors can use to detect the early signs of cancer has been prioritised for €1.2m of funding by the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency.