Europe’s space hub to open its doors on 6 October17 June 2013 From the latest space ferry to the very first Alphasat, Europe has never been more active in space, with a crowded manifest of ESA launches across the rest of the year. But where are all these varied missions born? See for yourself this October, as ES...
Fine control from miniature thruster14 June 2013
Fine control from miniature thruster14 June 2013 The faint purple glow comes from one of ESA’s very smallest space thrusters, being tested in a vacuum chamber in the Agency’s propulsion laboratory.
Proba-V tracking aircraft in flight from orbit13 June 2013
Proba-V tracking aircraft in flight from orbit13 June 2013 ESA’s Proba-V has become the first satellite to pick up aircraft tracking signals, allowing aircraft across the globe to be followed in flight from space.
Exploring new frontiers of frequency11 June 2013
Exploring new frontiers of frequency11 June 2013 Telecommunications is a booming business. As mobile phones become increasingly ubiquitous, broadband Internet serves everything from work to play and TV channels provide hundreds upon hundreds of channels, the satellites that cater to these needs are...
Space droids calling10 June 2013
Space droids calling10 June 2013 Secondary-school students can play the ultimate robot game: the annual Zero Robotics tournament turns the International Space Station into a playing field for European students to control minisatellites with self-developed software.
Boxing clever05 June 2013
Boxing clever05 June 2013 The first rule of DIY: know where your tools are. Astronauts on the International Space Station are about to have that task made much simpler, with a purpose-designed 3D-printed toolbox due for launch today on ESA’s latest ATV resupply spacecraft.