Giant solar eruption seen by Solar Orbiter

The ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter spacecraft has captured the largest solar prominence eruption ever observed in a single image together with the full solar disc. Solar prominences are large structures of tangled magnetic field lines that keep dense concentrations of solar plasma suspended above the Sun’s surface, sometimes taking the form of arching loops. They are Read More

Earth from Space: Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Tenerife – the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, opposite the northwest coast of Africa, the Canary Islands consist of eight main islands including Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Palma, as well as many small islands and islets. Teide National Park, located in the Read More

US Patent and Trademark Office grants OQ Technology its first satellite IoT patent

OQ Technology, a global 5G IoT satellite operator, has been granted a patent for its IoT (internet of things) ‘wake-up’ technology by the US Patent and Trademark Office. It is the first out of the company’s six patent applications in the US and the EU. ‘Wake-up’ is a smart power-saving technology within OQ’s terminal IoT Read More

Exploring new worlds

As part of Agenda 2025, ESA will take preparatory steps towards a sample return mission from the moons of giant planets, and will foster innovation by challenging commercial companies to develop a next generation of competitively priced European space transportation systems. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRH3cTPNxjA Space science and planetary exploration have a unique inspirational power for engaging young Read More

ESA -Decisions from the 2022 Space Summit

European leaders today confirmed their ambitious plans to work closely together to accelerate Europe as a world leader in space during a series of high-level meetings held in Toulouse, France. Under the plans, ESA, the EU and their member States are uniting to ensure that Europe fully realises the enormous untapped potential for space to Read More

United Launch Alliance Contracts with Milling Precision to Build Components for the Atlas V Rocket

United Launch Alliance announced today that it has contracted with Milling Precision in Wichita, Kan., to supply components for its Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V rocket has launched 90 times with payloads for the Department of Defense, NASA and commercial customers. “I had the opportunity to visit Wichita recently and meet with current and Read More

Deep down temperature shifts give rise to eruptions

The astonishing force of the Tonga volcanic eruption shocked the world, but the fact that this underwater volcano actually erupted came as less of a surprise to geoscientists using satellite data to study changes in the temperature deep below Earth’s surface. The cataclysmic explosion of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai volcano in January is reported to Read More

ENAIRE recovered 71.7% of flights in January compared to 2019 levels

Month by month, the trend continues as air traffic recovers to pre-pandemic levels. ENAIRE managed over 100,000 flights in January (103,579), which is just 28.3% below the average for the entire network for the same month in 2019, a record year for traffic before the effects of COVID took hold in 2020. This figure means Read More

SpaceX, Virgin Orbit and Ferrari join ESA-NASA Advanced Manufacturing event

Confirmed speakers at next month’s ESA-NASA 1st International Conference on Advanced Manufacturing for Air, Space and Land Transportation include leading technologists from Airbus, Boeing, SpaceX, Virgin Orbit and Ferrari’s Formula 1 team. Registration is now open for the four-day online event, which will include more than 185 speakers from the scientific and engineering communities. Close-up X-ray imaging of Read More