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ɸ-week highlights

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 17:20

As ESA’s ɸ-week draws to a close, let’s take a look at some of the ɸ-week highlights

ɸ and citizens

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 15:00

As ESA’s ɸ-week draws to a close, it’s worth remembering that the science and technology involved in observing our planet from space isn’t entirely for the preserve of experts. With a growing interest in the environment and the climate, there are plenty of opportunities for the general public to take part.

Microlaunchers: new ways to access space

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 13:40

Access to space was in the spotlight at this week's Φ event which followed an ESA-hosted workshop on Europe’s emerging microlaunch services held in Paris, France for industry, investors and institutions.

What is ɸ?

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 11:56

Josef Aschbacher, ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes, explains his concept of ɸ

ɸ and commercialisation

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 10:10

The main focus of day four at ESA’s ɸ-week was on the opportunities Earth observation can bring to business and the economy

Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 09:34

In mid-December, twin discs will begin glowing blue on the underside of a minibus-sized spacecraft in deep space. At that moment Europe and Japan’s BepiColombo mission will have just come a crucial step closer to Mercury.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 08:45

It may not be your actual Superman, but participants to ESA’s ɸ-week are certainly embracing some ‘superhero’ ideas for the future of Earth observation, including high-flying platforms – something between a satellite and an aircraft.

App to the Moon

Thu, 15/11/2018 - 23:12

It is magnificently quiet at the rim of the lunar crater. Nearly 400 000 km away from Earth, the silence and vastness of the unknown terrain can be overwhelming. Yet our moonwalker does not feel alone.

ɸ and future EO

Thu, 15/11/2018 - 10:05

The excitement and enthusiasm at ESA’s ɸ-week continues with participants exploring the wealth of new opportunities on the horizon

Space making the virtual a reality

Thu, 15/11/2018 - 06:41

What do astronauts, Pokémon, wildlife park rangers and surgeons all have in common?

Harnessing artificial intelligence for sustainability goals

Wed, 14/11/2018 - 17:19

As ESA’s ɸ-week continues to provoke and inspire participants on new ways of using Earth observation for monitoring our world to benefit the citizens of today and of the future, it is clear that artificial intelligence is set to play an important role.

ɸ and citizen science

Wed, 14/11/2018 - 16:55

During ɸ-week, Margaret Gold from the European Citizen Science Association talks about the advantages of citizens getting involved to support Earth observation

ɸ-week and AI

Wed, 14/11/2018 - 10:45

The focus of the second day of ESA’s ɸ-week was on applying artificial intelligence to Earth observation, and a boot camp

UNICEF and ɸ: Earth observation and innovation for the most vulnerable

Wed, 14/11/2018 - 08:38

Every day, UNICEF works to help children that are victims of poverty, disease, conflict, migration and more. These problems are not only tragic, but also extremely complex. To further improve the way it works, UNICEF is taking a non-traditional approach by looking at breakthrough technology, Earth observation, big data and artificial intelligence.

Mapping the night

Tue, 13/11/2018 - 17:27

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Astronaut photos of Earth from space shine a light on light pollution

New horizon for space transportation services

Tue, 13/11/2018 - 16:15

ESA reaches out to encourage open innovation and offer support. A global response to ESA’s call for ideas on new space transportation services has resulted in 79 proposals of which 41 were considered eligible for expert advice from ESA.

Discover ɸ

Tue, 13/11/2018 - 10:30

A look back at the first day of ɸ-week, where among other things, participants express what ɸ means to them

ɸ-week kicks off

Mon, 12/11/2018 - 17:20

With satellites delivering a mindboggling amount of data about our planet along with the availability of the latest digital technologies, there are countless opportunities for innovation. ESA’s ɸ-week, which kicked off today, explores how this new world can be embraced to bring even more benefits to all.

Talking ɸ

Mon, 12/11/2018 - 15:25

With ESA’s ɸ-week underway in Italy, Director General, Jan Wörner, talks about what ɸ means to him

Miniature spacecraft

Mon, 12/11/2018 - 10:30

Space Science Image of the Week: Testing a scaled-down version of the Juice mission’s radar antenna that will investigate the underground secrets of Jupiter’s icy moons