How Galileo performed first-ever authenticated positioning fix

In a first for any satellite navigation system, Galileo has achieved a positioning fix based on open-service navigation signals carrying authenticated data. Intended as a way to combat malicious ‘spoofing’ of satnav signals, this authentication testing began at ESA’s Navigation Laboratory – the same site where the very first Galileo positioning fix took place back Read More

Contract signed to build Arctic weather satellite

With the need for satellite data to be received more frequently for faster weather forecasting updates in the Arctic, ESA has signed a contract with OHB Sweden to a build prototype satellite for the Arctic Weather Satellite mission. This prototype is the forerunner of a potential constellation of satellites that would supply an almost constant Read More

17 image sequence of SpaceX Starship SN10 test flight from Boca Chica Texas on March 3rd 2021

This image captures about 80% of the test flight. The other 20% off camera is when Starship SN10 was hovering at 10 kilometers and slowly moving west just up and out of the camera view. Spacex is getting very close to landing these Starship prototypes. They lost three Starships currently SN8,SN9 & SN10. It's estimated Read More

NASA’s Perseverance Drives on Mars’ Terrain for First Time

This image was captured while NASA’s Perseverance rover drove on Mars for the first time on March 4, 2021. One of Perseverance’s Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Hazcams) captured this image as the rover completed a short traverse and turn from its landing site in Jezero Crater. NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover performed its first drive on Read More

Space physicians training course 2021

ESA’s first online space physicians training course took place from 21–22 January 2021, attracting over 50 participants from across Europe and the world. Usually conducted in person at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, the annual course is run by ESA’s space medicine team and gives medical doctors the opportunity to learn more about Read More

ESA: Electronic Data Sheets- a common language for space

Designing and building equipment for space is hard enough; then comes the writing of its accompanying documentation. Creating a working space mission involves putting together a vast number of elements correctly, so such guidelines need to be clear and easy to understand. ESA is leading efforts to create standardised ‘Electronic Data Sheets’ for common use Read More

Second spaceflight for Samantha Cristoforetti video

Watch the replay of the briefing to media representatives to learn more about the next spaceflight of ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. During the event, Samantha was joined by ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration David Parker, and Italian space agency president Giorgio Saccoccia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI1Xhu3fYus&feature=emb_logo Samantha is a member of Read More

SpaceX Experimental Test Flight of SN-10 is now scheduled for March 3rd at Boca Chica Texas

Flight termination hardware has been installed on the rocket. The landing pad has been widened and is now much thicker with a freshly painted SpaceX logo applied to it. This will be the third landing attempt by a prototype Starship rocket. For the most part SN8 & SN9 had successfull test flights with good data Read More