Madrid meteor’s cometary origins unearthed -with video

by ESA In brief A fireball spotted over Madrid has had its astronomical ancestry unearthed. While it ended its days burning up in Earth’s atmosphere on 31 July this year, the fragment began its life as part of Comet 169P/NEAT, responsible for the annual Alpha Capricornids meteor shower. In-depth Meteor showers occur as Earth passes Read More

ESA – Tracking marine plastic drift from space

Every 60 seconds the equivalent of a lorry-load of plastic enters the global ocean. Where does it end up? Right now, researchers simply don’t know. But in a bid to help find out, an ESA-led project developed floating transmitters whose passage can be tracked over time, helping in turn to guide a sophisticated software model Read More

ULA Successfully Launches Missile Warning Satellite for U.S. Space Force

Missile Warning Satellite for U.S. Space Force Atlas V precisely delivered the last of six SBIRS missions to orbit completing the constellation in support of the warfighter A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit-6 (SBIRS GEO 6) mission for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Read More

United Launch Alliance to launch the 152nd corporate launch with an Atlas V 421 SBIRS GEO-6

…military satelite for the United States Space Force on morning of August 4th 2022! United Launch Alliance Atlas V to Launch Missile Warning Satellite for the U.S. Space Force What: A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch the Space Based Infrared System-6 (SBIRS GEO 6) mission for the Read More

ESA: Mission ends for Copernicus Sentinel-1B satellite

On 23 December 2021, Copernicus Sentinel-1B experienced an anomaly related to the instrument electronics power supply provided by the satellite platform, leaving it unable to deliver radar data. Since then spacecraft operators and engineers have been working tirelessly to rectify the issue. Unfortunately, despite all concerted efforts, ESA and the European Commission announce that it Read More

ESA – Readying spacecraft to surf Venus’ atmosphere

ESA’s EnVision mission to Venus will perform optical, spectral and radar mapping of Earth’s sister planet. But before getting down to work the van-sized spacecraft needs to ‘aerobrake’ – lowering its orbit with thousands of passages through the planet’s hot, thick atmosphere for up to two years. A unique ESA facility is currently testing candidate spacecraft Read More

ENAIRE upgrades its navaid system at the Ibiza Airport with cutting-edge technology

The new VOR/DME installation provides guidance and distance information to aircraft on approach to the airport- It required an investment of 744,000 euros ENAIRE, Spain's national air navigation service provider, has placed into service a new VOR/DME system at the Ibiza Airport. This navaid, through its cutting-edge technology, provides guidance and distance information, offering support Read More

Goodyear joins Lockheed Martin to commercialise Lunar Mobility

Vehicle Tyres Designed for Extreme Temperatures in One Sixth Gravity on Crater-Filled Terrain The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company supplied essential products for NASA’s Apollo program, including the Apollo 11 mission which landed on the Moon 53 years ago this month. The company will continue that tradition — focusing on lunar vehicle tyres — by Read More