Venturi Astrolab’s FLEX rover to launch to the Moon on an upcoming SpaceX mission

In three years' time, the Monegasque Venturi Group will write the most impressive page in its history: in 2026, the FLEX (Flexible Logistics and Exploration) rover, the result of an international collaboration (see below), will head for the Moon. The American company SpaceX will be responsible for transporting the rover, which will be the largest Read More

GENESIS of a new Earth: join ESA’s Earth measurement mission

The idea behind ESA’s GENESIS mission is simple: a fixed framework is needed to chart the relative positions of locations across our planet, and satellites in orbit serve as the foundation of this framework. Fix a satellite’s own position in space accurately enough and you can measure Earth under it much more precisely too.    Read More

ESA- The Making of Juice – Episode 10.3 with video

The Making of Juice series takes the viewer behind the scenes of the European space industry, space technology and planetary science communities around ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) mission. Juice has a state-of-the-art science payload comprising remote sensing, geophysical and in situ instruments. This episode focuses on the geophysics instruments, which will explore the moons’ surface Read More

A new look for the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications Training Course

Agency Last February 30 Bachelor, Master and PhD students from 16 different ESA Member and Associate States successfully completed ESA Academy’s Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications Training Course. In a brand-new format, the first 4 days were hosted at the European Space Security and Education Centre (ESEC) in Belgium as always, but an extra final Read More

ESA hosts Belgian astronauts and State Secretary for Science

The flag of Belgium flew proudly over ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands as ESTEC was honoured with a visit by Thomas Dermine, Belgium’s State Secretary for Science Policy, Recovery Program and Strategic Investments, accompanied by new Belgian astronaut Raphaël Liégeois. Belgian flag flying over ESTEC The day’s event – an ESA Day in cooperation Read More

Inflatable fuel tank offers extra space for space

This inflatable fuel tank has been designed for future human landings on the Moon, where mass and volume will be in short supply. Intended to store cryogenic liquids or gases, these tanks could be delivered in compacted form then only inflated when needed – including through the processing of in-situ resources from the lunar surface. Read More

ENAIRE acquires three state-of-the-art radars and completes the upgrades to its surveillance network

• The new radars will provide service to the Madrid, Barcelona and Seville control centres • The project, financed by the European Union's recovery funds, represents an investment of 3.2 million euros • ENAIRE also awarded investments of €5.7 million to other projects, including the oversight of voice communication (ORION) and aeronautical messaging (CRAMI) systems Read More

Is Europe already drying up?

Europe has just endured its second warmest winter on record. Much of southern and western Europe has been affected by substantial anomalies of soil moisture owing to this exceptionally dry and warm winter. Data from ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission have been used to monitor the low levels of soil moisture across Europe. According Read More