Vega flight opportunity for multiple small satellites24 February 2017
Vega flight opportunity for multiple small satellites24 February 2017 Europe’s Vega small launcher is set to demonstrate its extended capability to deploy multiple light satellites using its new versatile Small Satellites Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser, in the second half of 2018.
Two radar eyes are better than one23 February 2017
Two radar eyes are better than one23 February 2017 A novel airborne experiment over the flat agricultural landscape of the Netherlands recently simulated, for the first time, images that could be taken by radar satellites orbiting in tandem.
The brightest, furthest pulsar in the Universe21 February 2017
The brightest, furthest pulsar in the Universe21 February 2017 ESA’s XMM-Newton has found a pulsar – the spinning remains of a once-massive star – that is a thousand times brighter than previously thought possible.
ESA’s six-legged Suntracker flying on a Dragon17 February 2017
ESA’s six-legged Suntracker flying on a Dragon17 February 2017 Tomorrow, a Space-X Dragon cargo ferry will be launched to the International Space Station packed with supplies, experiments, tools and food for the six astronauts living and working high above Earth. In the unpressurised cargo hold is a new NASA sens...
Art and space enter a new dimension16 February 2017
Art and space enter a new dimension16 February 2017 ESA’s involvement in the world of art is entering a new dimension, thanks to the cooperation with the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, with the idea of making space activities as inclusive as possible for more of the public on Earth.
Sentinels warn of dangerous ice crack16 February 2017
Sentinels warn of dangerous ice crack16 February 2017 Following the appearance of a large crack in the ice shelf close to the Halley VI research station in Antarctica, information from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites helped to decide to close the base temporarily.
Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space16 February 2017
Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space16 February 2017 Going to space is never routine, and Sentinel-2 mission controllers are leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for the critical days following next month’s liftoff.
Fuel Sentinel-2B: done16 February 2017
Fuel Sentinel-2B: done16 February 2017 As liftoff day draws closer, the Sentinel-2B 'to do' list is shrinking as tasks are ticked off, including the tricky process of fuelling the satellite. And, even despite having to do a few unexpected jobs, everything is on track for launch.
Ariane 5’s first launch this year14 February 2017
Ariane 5’s first launch this year14 February 2017 An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered the Sky Brasil-1 and Telkom-3S telecom satellites into their planned orbits.
CryoSat reveals lake outbursts beneath Antarctic ice08 February 2017
CryoSat reveals lake outbursts beneath Antarctic ice08 February 2017 A novel way of using ESA’s CryoSat mission has revealed how lakes beneath Thwaites Glacier drained into the Amundsen Sea – potentially the largest such outflow ever reported in this region of West Antarctica.