New-generation aircraft offer key to slimmer, smarter satellites01 September 2014
New-generation aircraft offer key to slimmer, smarter satellites01 September 2014 A new computing technique that helped boost the capabilities of commercial airliners while reducing their onboard electronics equipment is now being applied to satellites.
Dropship offers safe landings for Mars rovers03 July 2014
Dropship offers safe landings for Mars rovers03 July 2014 The dramatic conclusion to ESA’s latest StarTiger project: a ‘dropship’ quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface.
Closing the recycling circle27 June 2014
Closing the recycling circle27 June 2014 The International Space Station welcomes up to eight supply vessels a year bringing oxygen, water and food for the six astronauts continuously circling our planet. Building, launching, docking and unloading these spacecraft is costly and time-consumin...
Astronaut health check with single drop of blood26 June 2014
Astronaut health check with single drop of blood26 June 2014 ESA is building a prototype tester for crews on the International Space Station to provide diagnoses within a few minutes from a pinprick of blood. The ultimate device will offer rapid health checks and results for scientific research.
ESTEC Open Day coming this October19 June 2014
ESTEC Open Day coming this October19 June 2014 Want to see for yourself where the Rosetta comet-chaser, and all other European space missions, come from? This October will be your chance to visit ESA’s largest establishment, to join in the celebrations of 50 years of European cooperation in space.
ESA’s new X-ray optics for observing the hot Universe16 May 2014 A new idea to use super-polished silicon wafers as the heart of a telescope is set to reveal more of the hot, high-energy Universe, peering back into its turbulent history.