ExoMars radio science instrument readied for Red Planet22 July 2019 An ambitious instrument for ESA’s ExoMars 2020 mission has passed its testing in conditions resembling those on the Red Planet. It will now be transported to Russia for its acceptance review, followed by integration onto the Kazachok Surface Platform,...
October’s ESA Open Day looks to the Moon10 July 2019
October’s ESA Open Day looks to the Moon10 July 2019 Come to ESA’s technical heart this October to meet veteran Apollo astronauts and hear from engineers designing future European missions to the Moon. This year’s ESA Open Day at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, will take place on Sunday 6 October –...
Jumping space robot ‘flies’ like a spacecraft04 July 2019
Jumping space robot ‘flies’ like a spacecraft04 July 2019 Astronauts on the Moon found themselves hopping around, rather than simply walking. Switzerland’s SpaceBok planetary exploration robot has followed their example, launching all four legs off the ground during tests at ESA’s technical heart.
Dual-frequency smartphone app winners prove power of two07 June 2019 Europe’s students and young researchers were challenged to design a smartphone app to take advantage of Galileo’s dual-frequency signals. The winning entries should soon be available to the public.
Nanosatellite to serve the Internet of Things tested for space11 February 2019
Nanosatellite to serve the Internet of Things tested for space11 February 2019 The Netherlands’ latest space firm brought its newest design for testing in ESA’s largest antenna test facility. The Hiber company has already launched its first two nanosatellites into orbit, and is busily preparing its next generation.
ESA sets clock by distant spinning stars24 December 2018
ESA sets clock by distant spinning stars24 December 2018 ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands has begun running a pulsar-based clock. The ‘PulChron’ system measures the passing of time using millisecond-frequency radio pulses from multiple fast-spinning neutron stars.