All-in-one service for the Space Station07 February 2018
All-in-one service for the Space Station07 February 2018 Quick access to space, high-speed data feed and a unique vantage point are the selling points of a new commercial venture on the International Space Station. Its name is Bartolomeo, and its versatile design allows for many mission types at competitive...
Where no mission has gone before02 February 2018
Where no mission has gone before02 February 2018 Living near a star is risky business, and positioning a spacecraft near the Sun is a very good way to observe rapidly changing solar activity and deliver early warning of possibly harmful space weather. ESA is now looking at doing just that.
The size of a cereal box: ESA’s first satellite of 2018 02 February 2018
The size of a cereal box: ESA’s first satellite of 2018 02 February 2018 ESA’s first mission of the year was launched today: GomX-4B is the Agency’s most advanced technology-tester yet, featuring a hyperspectral camera and tiny thrusters to manoeuvre thousands of kilometres from its near-twin to try out their radio link.
Stellar winds behaving unexpectedly02 February 2018
Stellar winds behaving unexpectedly02 February 2018 ESA’s XMM-Newton has spotted surprising changes in the powerful streams of gas from two massive stars, suggesting that colliding stellar winds don’t behave as expected.
Putting everyday computer parts to space radiation test29 January 2018
Putting everyday computer parts to space radiation test29 January 2018 ESA’s next mission, the miniature GomX-4B, includes a piggyback experiment to test how well everyday commercial computer memories perform in the radiation-soaked environment of space.
Jumping around for good health25 January 2018
Jumping around for good health25 January 2018 Simple yet efficient: intensive jumping might be a panacea for strong bones, muscles and hearts. A European study has confirmed the benefits of making giant leaps not only for astronauts, but also for elderly and sedentary people.
CubeSats for hunting secrets in lunar darkness23 January 2018
CubeSats for hunting secrets in lunar darkness23 January 2018 Imagine sending a spacecraft the size of an airline cabin bag to the Moon – what would you have it do? ESA issued that challenge to European teams last year, and two winners have now been chosen.
Satellites paint a detailed picture of maritime activity18 January 2018
Satellites paint a detailed picture of maritime activity18 January 2018 ESA has helped coastal authorities to track up to 70% more ships and pick up nearly three times more ship positions via satellite than was possible before.
Elementary, my dear machine intelligence18 January 2018
Elementary, my dear machine intelligence18 January 2018 Artificial intelligence already helping astronauts on the International Space Station is also providing a promising approach for solving crimes. In an era of security concerns across Europe, the smart use of police data is critical for uncovering lead...
Crater Neukum named after Mars Express founder18 January 2018
Crater Neukum named after Mars Express founder18 January 2018 A fascinating martian crater has been chosen to honour the German physicist and planetary scientist, Gerhard Neukum, one of the founders of ESA’s Mars Express mission.
Columbus: 10 years a lab16 January 2018
Columbus: 10 years a lab16 January 2018 In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue… In 2008 another Columbus sailed into space.
Exploring alien worlds with lasers10 January 2018
Exploring alien worlds with lasers10 January 2018 In everyday life we look and touch things to find out what they are made of. A powerful scientific technique does the same using lasers – and in two years’ time it will fly in space for the first time.