Swarm trio becomes a quartet22 February 2018
Swarm trio becomes a quartet22 February 2018 With the aim of making the best possible use of existing satellites, ESA and Canada have made a deal that turns Swarm into a four-satellite mission to shed even more light on space weather and features such as the aurora borealis.
Swarm details energetic coupling15 February 2018
Swarm details energetic coupling15 February 2018 The Sun bathes our planet in the light and heat it needs to sustain life, but it also bombards us with dangerous charged particles in solar wind. Our magnetic field largely shields from this onslaught, but like many a relationship, it’s somewhat compl...
Wind satellite survives vacuum07 February 2018
Wind satellite survives vacuum07 February 2018 ESA’s Aeolus satellite has been particularly tricky to build. One of the main stumbling blocks has been getting its lasers to work in a vacuum, but recent tests on the satellite show that the vacuum or temperature of space won’t get in the way of Aeol...
Two new Earth Explorer concepts to understand our rapidly changing world15 November 2017 ESA has chosen two concepts, FORUM and SKIM, to be developed further and compete to be the ninth Earth Explorer mission.
Nearly four decades of soil moisture data now available03 November 2017
Nearly four decades of soil moisture data now available03 November 2017 A new, long-term and global dataset of soil moisture measurements from space has been released to help us better understand the water cycle and climate, monitor agriculture and manage our water resources.
Wind satellite vacuum packed02 November 2017
Wind satellite vacuum packed02 November 2017 With liftoff on the horizon, ESA’s Aeolus satellite is going through its last round of tests to make sure that this complex mission will work in orbit. Over the next month, it is sitting in a large chamber that has had all the air sucked out to simula...