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Fri, 15/03/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Copernicus Sentinel-2 view over Kenya’s capital

Bering in dire straits

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 15:00

The Bering Strait is usually covered by sea ice at this time of the year, but the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission shows a different story

Insight in sight

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 14:00

ExoMars orbiter spots InSight lander on Mars

ESA greenlight for UK's air-breathing rocket engine

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 12:24

The development programme of the world’s first air-breathing rocket engine has taken an additional significant step forward, which will lead to major testing milestones being undertaken within the next 18 months.  

Sentinels monitor converging ice cracks

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 11:00

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission shows how cracks cutting across Antarctica’s Brunt ice shelf are on course to truncate the shelf and release an iceberg about the size of Greater London – it’s just a matter of time.

ESA Highlights 2018

Wed, 13/03/2019 - 16:42

ESA Highlights takes you on a visual adventure through the world of space and discovery, illustrating many of ESA's key achievements throughout the year

Do the locomotion

Wed, 13/03/2019 - 16:25

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Slope test for ExoMars

Floating ideas for an airlock near the Moon

Wed, 13/03/2019 - 10:00

Assembly of a new habitable structure near the Moon, known as the Gateway, is scheduled to begin in 2023. The international project will allow humans to explore farther than ever before and it brings new opportunities for European design in space.

Space tech poised to make air travel greener and more efficient

Wed, 13/03/2019 - 09:29

Passengers travelling through busy airports should soon face fewer delays and have a lower environmental impact, thanks to efforts to use airspace more efficiently.

The Iris programme seeks to equip aircraft with satellite-based data communication links to help pilots and air traffic controllers to use the shortest and fastest routes, boosting productivity, saving fuel and reducing environmental pollution.

Funded by the European Space Agency in collaboration with Inmarsat, a global satellite communications company based in London, the system will be piloted on selected flights over the coming months and is scheduled to begin commercial service in 2021.

Nitrogen dioxide pollution mapped

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:50

New maps that use information from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite reveal nitrogen dioxide emission being released into the atmosphere in cities and towns across the globe.

Cleaning Mars parachute

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:17

Technology image of the week: A test version of the main ExoMars 2020 parachute being heat treated in an ESA oven to make it sterile enough for the Red Planet

Testing space batteries to destruction for cleaner skies

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:28

Engineers descended into bunkers to test space batteries to destruction – through overheating, overcharging, short circuits and even by shooting them with bullets. The three-year test campaign is helping assess the risk of abandoned satellites exploding in orbit due to catastrophic battery reactions.

Gateway to the Moon

Mon, 11/03/2019 - 17:00

The International Space Station partners have endorsed plans to continue the development of the Gateway, an outpost around the Moon that will act as a base to support both robots and astronauts exploring the lunar surface.

Exoplanet watcher

Mon, 11/03/2019 - 09:59

Space Science Image of the Week: After completing final tests, our exoplanet satellite Cheops is ready for flight

Microlaunchers to grow Europe’s economy

Sun, 10/03/2019 - 15:40

A flourishing small satellites market is driving demand for new ways to access space. Recent industry feasibility studies backed by ESA for new microlauncher services, are creating new business opportunities.

ESA helps business fly in space

Sun, 10/03/2019 - 08:24

New ‘cubesat’ technology and falling launch costs mean that businesses, universities and other organisations are increasingly able to launch their own small satellites. Now ESA is offering facilities and know-how to help them fly.

Space radiation detector can help to spot fake masterpieces

Sat, 09/03/2019 - 15:10

Technology originally developed for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and then flown in space by ESA is now being used to analyse historic artworks, helping to detect forgeries.

Business with human and robotic exploration

Fri, 08/03/2019 - 21:46

Space is profitable – each euro spent on the International Space Station produces €1.8 added value to European economies.

Research in low Earth orbit has already contributed to the economy in health and material sciences.

ESA joins with business to invent the future of navigation

Fri, 08/03/2019 - 15:57

The only thing more remarkable than how all of us are walking around with space-grade navigation capability and atomic clock timing precision in our pockets is how much we take all of this for granted. Satellite navigation has changed our lives, triggering a quiet revolution in our society and economy.

New observations for the new economy

Fri, 08/03/2019 - 14:41

We all listen to weather forecasts and know they rely on satellite data. What may not be so obvious is that many other aspects of our lives depend on robust satellite data, from growing crops to tackling the major issue of climate change. The socio-economic benefits of Earth observation are huge, and increasing. In Europe, ESA, Eumetsat and the EU work closely together, in long-term partnerships, to make sure these benefits are delivered.