ESA deep space stations ready for NASA’s InSight Mars flight04 May 2018 NASA’s latest mission to Mars begins tomorrow. ESA deep space ground stations in Australia and South America will track the InSight spacecraft on NASA’s behalf as it begins its cruise to the Red Planet.
Goonhilly goes deep space22 February 2018
Goonhilly goes deep space22 February 2018 Until now, if you’re an entrepreneur planning future missions beyond Earth, you’d have to ask a big space agency to borrow their deep-space antennas. Now, thanks to the UK’s county of Cornwall and ESA, you’ll have a commercial option, too.
Going green to the Red Planet28 November 2017
Going green to the Red Planet28 November 2017 ESA’s ground station in Western Australia routinely communicates with spacecraft at far-away places like Mars. Now, it’s using sunlight to generate electricity, significantly reducing energy costs.
Transferring ownership of three ESA ground stations16 November 2017
Transferring ownership of three ESA ground stations16 November 2017 As part of ESA’s strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations.
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon 26 October 2017
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon 26 October 2017 A European clock accurate to a trillionth of a second is set to be used on satellites and missions to the Moon. The ultra-precise time-keeper was conceived by a small company in Latvia, and ESA has recognised its potential for space. “We are the Fer...
Cassini concludes pioneering mission at Saturn15 September 2017
Cassini concludes pioneering mission at Saturn15 September 2017 The international Cassini mission has concluded its remarkable exploration of the Saturnian system in spectacular style, by plunging into the gas planet’s atmosphere.