AIM for the stars

In brief The Orbit Your Thesis! team Artery in Microgravity (AIM) from university students from ISAE (Toulouse, France) and Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) recently had their experiment launch to the International Space Station and started their commissioning, but things aren’t going to plan.  In-depth Artery in Microgravity experiment floating inside the Columbus Laboratory on Read More

The Government authorises the expansion of the Enaire Control Centre Complex in Madrid for 23 million euros

• A new building will be built with a 1,500 m2 air traffic control room, 50% more surface area than the current one, which will allow the next iFOCUCS control stations to be installed and enhance synergy with engineers and technicians. • As part of the reforms proposed, and of its commitment to sustainability, Enaire Read More

NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Top 22 of ’22

  Here is a look at the most significant events this year at America's multiuser spaceport:FEBRUARY Rocco A. Petrone Launch Control Center at Kennedy   Credits: NASA/Cory Huston     Launch Control Center Renamed for Famed Launch Director     Following a Feb. 22 ceremony, the Launch Control Center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida was officially renamed Read More

Flight VV22 failure: Arianespace and ESA appoint an independent inquiry commission

Arianespace announced early today the failure of Flight VV22 carrying Pléiades Neo 5 and 6 satellites. The Vega-C launch vehicle lifted off as scheduled on 20 December at 22:47 local time in French Guiana (02:47 CET/01:47 GMT 21 December). The lift-off, the mission and the separation of the first stage (P120C) were nominal. Following the Read More

Young ESA team prepare Ariane 6 passenger

ESA Young Graduate Trainee Vedant Paul inspecting the Young Professionals Satellite on a shaker table for vibration testing at the Agency’s Mechanical Systems Laboratory. The two cameras seen at the top of this 50-cm tall payload will capture imagery of Europe’s inaugural Ariane 6 flight from the inside. When ESA announced the opportunity to propose Read More

30 university students complete Human Space Physiology Training Course 2022

In brief ESA’s Education Office and Space Medicine team have once again successfully collaborated to run the ESA Academy’s Human Space Physiology Training Course. In-depth From 28 November to 2 December 2022, 30 university students studying for Bachelors or Masters in medicine, life science, biological science, and other healthcare subjects, attended the course hosted at ESA Read More

A wreath of star formation

Webb's picture of the month December is dominated by NGC 7469, a luminous, face-on spiral galaxy approximately 90 000 light-years in diameter that lies roughly 220 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus.  This spiral galaxy has recently been studied as part of the Great Observatories All-sky LIRGs Survey (GOALS), which aims to study Read More

ESA to invite companies to connect with the Moon

Some 250 missions to the Moon will launch over the next decade alone, according to market analysists Northern Sky Research, which the company predicts will activate a €100 billion lunar economy, creating jobs and prosperity on Earth. ESA’s Moonlight initiative – which received financial backing from ESA’s Member States at the Council at the Ministerial Read More