Runoff: not as you might think

Runoff and river discharge are important components in Earth’s water cycle, but as climate change tightens its grip, heatwaves and instances of drought are increasingly hitting the headlines. One would assume that this hotter weather leads to reduced water runoff, but an innovative way of using information from satellites suggests that this isn’t always the Read More

New ESA astronaut candidates start basic training

ESA's newly selected astronaut candidates of the class of 2022 arrived at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, on 3 April 2023 to begin their 12-month basic training. The group of five candidates, Sophie Adenot, Pablo Álvarez Fernández, Rosemary Coogan, Raphaël Liégeois, and Marco Sieber, are part of the 17-member astronaut class of 2022, Read More

Student experiments reach edge of space during REXUS 29/30 Campaign

Have you ever dreamt of launching an experiment to space with your classmates? Last week this became reality for 9 teams who successfully launched experiments on board of 2 sounding rockets from the SSC Esrange Space Center in Sweden as part of the REXUS 29/30 launch campaign. 4 teams were sponsored by ESA and the Read More

ENAIRE achieves an excellent result, having been selected for 19 of the 30 projects that will transform air traffic in Europe

• Of the 30 industrial research projects awarded in the last call of the European Commission, ENAIRE is involved in 19, and it heads 2 of them • ENAIRE, together with its CRIDA and Ineco subsidiaries, will receive over 12 million euros of European funds to boost its R&D projects in air navigation • CRIDA, Read More

Venturi Astrolab’s FLEX rover to launch to the Moon on an upcoming SpaceX mission

In three years' time, the Monegasque Venturi Group will write the most impressive page in its history: in 2026, the FLEX (Flexible Logistics and Exploration) rover, the result of an international collaboration (see below), will head for the Moon. The American company SpaceX will be responsible for transporting the rover, which will be the largest Read More

GENESIS of a new Earth: join ESA’s Earth measurement mission

The idea behind ESA’s GENESIS mission is simple: a fixed framework is needed to chart the relative positions of locations across our planet, and satellites in orbit serve as the foundation of this framework. Fix a satellite’s own position in space accurately enough and you can measure Earth under it much more precisely too.    Read More

ESA- The Making of Juice – Episode 10.3 with video

The Making of Juice series takes the viewer behind the scenes of the European space industry, space technology and planetary science communities around ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) mission. Juice has a state-of-the-art science payload comprising remote sensing, geophysical and in situ instruments. This episode focuses on the geophysics instruments, which will explore the moons’ surface Read More

A new look for the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications Training Course

Agency Last February 30 Bachelor, Master and PhD students from 16 different ESA Member and Associate States successfully completed ESA Academy’s Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications Training Course. In a brand-new format, the first 4 days were hosted at the European Space Security and Education Centre (ESEC) in Belgium as always, but an extra final Read More

ESA hosts Belgian astronauts and State Secretary for Science

The flag of Belgium flew proudly over ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands as ESTEC was honoured with a visit by Thomas Dermine, Belgium’s State Secretary for Science Policy, Recovery Program and Strategic Investments, accompanied by new Belgian astronaut Raphaël Liégeois. Belgian flag flying over ESTEC The day’s event – an ESA Day in cooperation Read More