Martian dust storms churn up Earth-like clouds

ESA’s Mars Express has revealed that Mars churns up surprisingly Earth-like cloud patterns that are reminiscent of those in our planet’s tropical regions. Earth and Mars have vastly different atmospheres. The dry, cold atmosphere of Mars is composed almost entirely of carbon dioxide while Earth’s is rich in nitrogen and oxygen. Its atmospheric density is Read More

ENAIRE recovered 99% of flights in October compared to the record levels of 2019

Domestic flights and overflights already exceed 2019 figuresThe recovery of air traffic in Spain exceeds the European average by over 11 percentage pointsThe flights managed in Seville rose by 15.4%Eighth consecutive month of traffic growth in the Balearic IslandsFlights in the Canary Islands increased by 5%In October, Barcelona managed more flights than in 2019Madrid managed Read More

ESA experiences COP27 using a space-empowered metaverse

ESA has created a space-inspired virtual environment to enable its workforce to experience the COP27 climate summit – which is being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt – without the environmental cost of travelling. This metaverse showcase – connected over the internet and satellite-enabled 5G – provides another demonstration of the potential of next-generation communications, showing Read More

Strong European support for space to combat climate crisis

Europe should demonstrate responsibility, leadership and autonomy in space – and its highest priority should be to address climate change, according to a poll of European citizens. Almost nine out of ten people questioned said that collecting insights on climate change and understanding what is happening on Earth should be the most important use of Read More

ESA Extremes

ESA is Europe’s space agency, enabling its 22 Member States to achieve results in space that no individual nation can match. ESA combines space mission development with supporting labs, test facilities and in-house experts covering every aspect of space, from exploration to applications, Earth observation to telecommunications and navigation. This potent formula has chalked up Read More

Teams selected for the pilot edition of Fly Your Satellite! Test Opportunities

In brief Following a call for proposals and careful selection process, two university teams have now been chosen to participate in the pilot edition of the Fly Your Satellite! Test Opportunities programme. This is designed to give students valuable support and training in conducting an environmental test campaign of their devices. Programme is actually open not to Read More

How much do European citizens know about space?

Europeans are undeniably interested in space activities, and the idea of pooling resources between European countries is considered important unanimously by European citizens: just two of the fascinating findings from a recent survey of public perceptions of issues related to space. Carried out on behalf of ESA by Harris Interactive in December 2018, the survey Read More

Saying goodbye to Galileo 1st Generation

Galileo is Europe’s largest satellite constellation – and the world’s most accurate satnav system. The work on Galileo began two decades ago with two test GIOVE satellites, followed by a series of operational launches. The two GIOVE satellites, the first Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellite and all 34 Galileo Full Operational Capability satellites were tested at Read More

ESA results on display at COP27

Achieving net-zero by the second half of the century is considered vital if global temperatures are to remain well below the two degrees rise as set out by the Paris Agreement for climate. From their vantage point in space, satellites provide a unique means of tracking progress towards achieving this balance between greenhouse gas emissions Read More

Biomass heads for the shaker

Over the last six months, engineers at Airbus in Stevenage, UK, and teams from Europe and North America have turned a multitude of structural parts and electronic units into a complete satellite: ESA’s Biomass satellite. Now complete, this brand-new satellite has been shipped to Airbus’ testing facility in Toulouse, France, where it will be put Read More