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Hera asteroid mission’s brain to be radiation-hard and failure-proof

Tue, 11/06/2019 - 09:17

At the heart of ESA’s Hera mission to the double Didymos asteroids will be an onboard computer intended to be failure-proof.

Samantha dives back into operations

Mon, 10/06/2019 - 13:32

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will swap her spacesuit for dive gear this month as commander of a 10-day international research and exploration mission to the Atlantic Ocean floor.

How satellites can improve the health of city dwellers

Mon, 10/06/2019 - 11:56

Most people get a health boost from exercise. But for those with heart disease or a lung condition such as asthma, exercising during periods of high urban air pollution can exacerbate rather than improve their condition.

Taking electronic dance music out of this world

Mon, 10/06/2019 - 11:44

On Friday 7 June, ESA began a three-day starring role at the World Club Dome electronic dance music festival. Billed as the Space Edition, this event is the latest stage of an 18-month partnership with BigCityBeats, the company behind the show. This year’s festival featured Armin van Buuren, Jason Derulo, Steve Aoki and David Guetta among its star performers – as well as a 28-m high model of an Ariane 5, which dominated the main stage.

Iconic spiral

Mon, 10/06/2019 - 09:30

Space Science Image of the Week: This image from Hubble showcases a stunning spiral galaxy

Personalised app for safe sunbathing wins support

Fri, 07/06/2019 - 15:11

A mobile phone app that uses space tech to identify the healthiest way to sunbathe has won the industrial approval of BASF, a giant chemical company that makes the ingredients for sunscreen and many other products.

ESA boost to new commercial space transportation services

Fri, 07/06/2019 - 15:00

Europe is part of a new era in space transportation with new commercial initiatives offering services to space, in space, and back from space springing up within the privately led and funded space sector. ESA welcomes this development towards further European industrial growth and competitiveness.

Week in images

Fri, 07/06/2019 - 14:33

Our week through the lens:
3 - 7 June 2019

Rockets, evaporating droplets and x-raying metals

Fri, 07/06/2019 - 10:29

Years of preparation, and the finale is over in six minutes. This month a sounding rocket will launch two ESA experiments to an altitude of 260 km to provide six minutes of weightlessness as they free-fall back to Earth.

Earth from Space

Fri, 07/06/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, explore Lake Valencia in Venezuela with Copernicus Sentinel-2

Unveiling technologies for future launch vehicles

Fri, 07/06/2019 - 08:00

ESA safeguards Europe’s guaranteed access to space through its Future Launchers Preparatory Programme, FLPP. 

Full speed ahead

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:10

Europe is preparing for the first flights of its future space transportation vehicles Ariane 6, Vega-C and Space Rider. Tour the Spaceport and learn about new opportunities from ESA Director of Space Transportation

Ariane 6 development on track

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:15

Europe’s Ariane 6 launch vehicle is set to debut with a commercial mission in 2020 – industry is carrying out the final tests and starting production. The Ariane 6 launch zone at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana is near completion.

Space Rider: Europe’s reusable space transport system

Wed, 05/06/2019 - 09:50

Initially proposed in 2016, ESA’s Space Rider reentry vehicle provides a return to Earth and landing capability that compliments the existing launch options of the Ariane and Vega families.

Dozens of satellites joining Vega’s ride-share to space

Tue, 04/06/2019 - 16:01

More than 40 satellite missions will be launched at once by Europe’s Vega launcher this autumn, thanks to the innovative modular “Lego-style” dispenser resting on its upper stage.

Rockets for education

Tue, 04/06/2019 - 16:00

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: A university student team prepares their sounding rocket experiment

Which rocket?

Tue, 04/06/2019 - 15:41

How do we choose the perfect rocket to lift each unique mission to space? Find out how a spacecraft's mass and final destination play a huge role in our latest infographic

All engines GO for Vega-C maiden flight

Tue, 04/06/2019 - 12:10

ESA is working with industry towards the maiden flight of Europe’s new Vega-C launch vehicle in 2020 for more launches, with increased performance, to more orbits.

Europe’s rockets

Tue, 04/06/2019 - 09:00

Take a look this week at how ESA ensures access to space for Europe into the future with Vega-C, Space Rider, Ariane 6, and new technologies

New era for New Norcia deep space antenna

Tue, 04/06/2019 - 00:00

The 35-m deep space antenna in New Norcia, Western Australia, is being looked after by a new team, led for the first time by a female site manager, Suzy Jackson.