ESA – From Rome to Cannes

The Copernicus Sentinel-1C satellite is currently in Cannes undergoing a series of demanding tests in preparation for launch in 2023. The third member of the Sentinel-1 radar family, part of Europe’s Copernicus programme, will continue the critical task of delivering key radar imagery of Earth’s surface for a wide range of services and scientific applications. Read More

Kongsberg NanoAvionics announces growth plans to become the prime supplier for small satellite constellations

Invests in R&D and aims to grow its production capacityWill be renamed to Kongsberg NanoAvionics after company’s acquisition Kongsberg NanoAvionics (“NanoAvionics”) has announced a multi-million investment plan to support and accelerate its goal of becoming the prime supplier for small satellite constellations, globally. As a result of the recent acquisition by Kongsberg and part of Read More

ESA – The scary sound of Earth’s magnetic field

Despite being essential to life on Earth, the magnetic field isn’t something we can actually see in itself, or ever hear. But, remarkably, scientists at the Technical University of Denmark have taken magnetic signals measured by ESA’s Swarm satellite mission and converted them into sound – and for something that protects us, the result is Read More

ESA- Boosting Earth science

With science at the core of the Earth Observation FutureEO programme, ESA has opened a new scientific facility, the Science Hub, which offers new opportunities for collaborative research to further boost the Agency’s and its Member States scientific output. Harnessing novel ideas and concepts to forge pioneering satellite missions and maximise the impact of Earth Read More

ULA Invites media to Groundbreaking ceremony at Decatur factory

WHAT: On Thurs., Oct. 27, 2022, United Launch Alliance (ULA) will break ground at its factory in Decatur, Alabama for a new warehouse facility as well as an additional factory for its major supplier Beyond Gravity. This project will consist of new equipment, building improvements and infrastructure that will enable ULA to nearly double its Read More

Agency ESA Open Day at ESTEC 2022 The 11th annual ESA Open Day at ESTEC took place on Sunday 2 October 2022, opened by ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher and Head of ESTEC and ESA Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality Torben Henriken with ESA astronauts Matthias Mauruer and André Kuipers. Visitors were able to meet space scientists and Read More

To explore space means defying dust

As the world’s space agencies prepare to return to the Moon and explore the planets, space materials engineers have been getting to grips with a challenging enemy: dust. The abrasive, talcum-like dust enshrouding the Moon and other planetary surfaces can obscure surfaces, wear away at coatings and clog space mechanisms. Gateway over Moon For ESA, Read More

ESA spacecraft catch the brightest ever gamma-ray burst

An explosive gamma-ray burst, one of the brightest ever detected, lit up in the sky on 9 October 2022. A gamma-ray burst is a super energetic explosion and this one originated in the constellation Sagitta. The signal of the burst – called GRB 221009A – was picked up by many ESA observatories. Some suddenly noticed Read More