Artificial intelligence for eye health in space

In brief Young researchers from ESA’s Spaceship EAC initiative are keeping a good eye on ocular health by using images of astronauts’ optical discs in space to train an artificially intelligent (AI) model. All going well, this model will be used to automatically detect changes in the optic nerve of astronauts, known as Space-Associated Neuro-ocular Read More

New student teams selected to fly experiments on REXUS and BEXUS

The REXUS/BEXUS programme allows students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons. In each programme cycle, two rockets and two balloons are launched, carrying experiments designed and built by student teams. After submitting an experiment proposal, 14 student teams were invited Read More

ENAIRE recovered 81.2% of flights in November compared to 2019 levels

The recovery of air traffic in Spain exceeds the European average Domestic flights fared the best, with a recovery of 83.6%ENAIRE managed more than a million flights in the first eleven months of the yearIf the flights are compared to those of November 2020, the number is 155.9% higher Month by month, the trend continues Read More

ENAIRE implements operational improvements in the airports of Jerez, Pamplona and A Coruña

The Jerez Airport has a new instrument approach procedure based on satellite navigation for runway 02The Pamplona Airport has a new VOR instrument approach procedure for runway 33The A Coruña Airport will now be able to use its satellite-based approach manoeuvre at night as well, ending with a visual trajectory on a set courseThese improvements Read More

ENAIRE grants nearly 700,000 euros to integrate people with disabilities

As part of a competitive procedure, 11 entities of public benefit have been selected out of a total of 108 applicantsENAIRE's CEO, Ángel Luis Arias, noted that "the number of beneficiaries is estimated to be over 1,000, with 534 placements, some of them in the aviation sector"ENAIRE is offering these subsidies for the second year Read More

NanoAvionics and other UN:IO consortium members to start work on feasibility study funded with €1.4 million by the EU to help create an independent European satellite network of 400 satellites

UN:IO consortium consists of 14 leading European NewSpace companies, led by Reflex Aerospace, launch provider Isar Aerospace and laser specialist Mynaric Smallsat mission integrator NanoAvionics, together with other UN:IO consortium members, will start working on a feasibility study, which has been granted 1.4 million EUR (1.6 million USD) by the European Commission, to create a Read More

NASA Launches Next X-ray Astronomy Mission – with video NASA's Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, also known as IXPE, lifted off Thursday, Dec. 9, at 1 a.m. EST on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.     After a successful launch, the rocket performed as expected, with spacecraft separation taking place 33 minutes into flight. Approximately one minute later, the spacecraft Read More

Science with Webb: the nearby cosmos

The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) is designed to answer fundamental questions about the Universe. One of Webb’s key science goals is to study the nearby cosmos: uncovering hidden parts of our Solar System, peering inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are forming, and revealing the composition of exoplanets in more detail. Exoplanets Read More

Astronaut applicants thanked as ESA contacts all candidates

In brief Applicants to ESA’s astronaut selection are being thanked for their patience as thousands of acceptance or rejection notifications are distributed to candidates across Europe. In-depth Head of Space Medicine at ESA, Guillaume Weerts, says he and his team have been very conscious of the need to give every application the attention it deserves Read More

Earth from Space: Fairbanks, Alaska – with video

The city of Fairbanks, the largest city in the Interior region of Alaska, and its surroundings, are featured in this Copernicus Sentinel-2 image. Visible in the top-left corner of the image, Fairbanks is located in the central Tanana Valley, straddling the Chena River near its confluence with the Tanana River – a 940 km tributary Read More