Thales, Airbus and Diehl join forces on CityAirbus flying taxi

Thales, Airbus and Diehl Aerospace have entered a trilateral agreement to jointly develop the central flight control system of CityAirbus NextGen. CityAirbus NextGen is the electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) currently being developed by Airbus. The aircraft is expected to make its first journey in 2023. Thales will develop the primary computing system Read More

Tune in to the in-flight call with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer on 24 November

In brief On Wednesday 24 November, teachers and students from Germany, Ireland, and the Czech Republic will connect live with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, currently living and working on the International Space Station (ISS).  Join the event livestream! In-depth Students and teachers will be asking questions directly to Matthias Maurer around the theme of Once Read More

ESA antenna to catch DART’s first words

Following lift-off, as DART climbs heavenward but Earth rotates beneath it, the spacecraft will follow a unique path in the sky. Passing first down the west coast of South America then east across the Atlantic, it will finally appear above the horizon as seen from Australia. About 60 minutes after launch, the spacecraft will separate from Read More

NASA Selects Intuitive Machines for New Lunar Science Delivery

We’ve awarded Intuitive Machines of Houston a contract to deliver research, including science investigations and a technology demonstration, to the Moon in 2024. With more science and technology on the lunar surface, we can help prepare for sustainable astronaut missions through the Artemis program.   The investigations aboard Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lander are destined for Read More

ESA – Update on Webb telescope launch

Science & Exploration The launch readiness date for the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) is moving to no earlier than 22 December 2021 to allow for additional testing of the observatory, following a recent incident that occurred during Webb's launch preparations. The incident occurred during operations at the satellite preparation facility at Europe's Spaceport in Read More

Earth from Space: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. Located in west-central Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is the country’s largest urban area and its cultural, commercial and transportation centre. The city lies in the hilly countryside of the Klang Valley and lies astride the confluence of the Read More

Transform our inventions into commercial applications

ESA develops a vast array of innovative technologies and applications to make Europe's space endeavours happen. Many of these inventions are protected by patents, resulting in a portfolio of around 580 patents or patent applications. ESA is now offering you the opportunity to find and mature real-world applications of these inventions. Body scanners based on Read More