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Aerospace & Defence
23rd May 2024
The Exploration Company secures contract from ESA

The Exploration Company has announced it has secured the European Space Agency as an anchor client - via a new contract secured in a competitive tender process - to develop a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Cargo Return Service.

Aerospace & Defence
8th November 2023
UK and European Space Agency Shetland launch funding

Satellite launch company RFA UK has received £3.5 million to support its plans to launch from SaxaVord Spaceport in the Shetland Islands.

Aerospace & Defence
16th October 2023
ESA’s Proba-3 mission enters the last test phase prior to launch

Proba-3 will achieve, for the first time, a high-precision formation flight between two platforms in space, demonstrating the feasibility of technologies that will allow large telescopes sharing distant elements to be developed.

Aerospace & Defence
9th June 2023
Satnav from Earth to the Moon

The first satnav receiver designed to operate in lunar orbit has been delivered to satellite maker Surrey Satellite in the UK for integration aboard the Lunar Pathfinder spacecraft.

11th January 2023
European ecosystem for Earth observation kicked off

An initiative of the European Space Agency and the European Commission, Copernicus Data Access Service for Earth observation, has been kicked off.

Aerospace & Defence
7th February 2022
European Space Agency uses Yokogawa instruments

The European Space Agency (ESA) is using the precision of Yokogawa’s optical wavelength meters to ensure accurate tuning of lasers used in Earth to space communications.

Test & Measurement
2nd February 2022
ESA uses Yokogawa instruments to achieve precise laser tuning for satellites

The European Space Agency (ESA) is using the precision of Yokogawa’s optical wavelength meters to ensure accurate tuning of lasers used in Earth to space communications.

Aerospace & Defence
8th December 2020
ESA communicates between ISS and Robot using Connext DDS

For solving the challenges of building and deploying telerobotic systems for extraterrestrial missions, like system design, systems integration and long-distance communication, the European Space Agency (ESA) opted for the software framework from Real-Time Innovations (RTI). They use RTI Connext DDS for communication and video to demonstrate long-distance object control from aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Tech Videos
20th August 2019
ExoMars - Moving on Mars

The ExoMars mission will see Rosalind Franklin the rover and its surface platform Kazachok land on the Red Planet in 2021. 

Aerospace & Defence
29th May 2019
ExoMars rover science laboratory fitted

The ExoMars rover’s Analytical Laboratory Drawer (ALD) was integrated into the rover at Airbus, Stevenage, UK in May 2019. The video is shown at 18 times real speed; in reality the sequence of events took around 11.5 minutes.

Tech Videos
4th April 2019
Preserving data for our future

Satellites provide vast quantities of data. While these data are processed and used by scientists and analysts to understand and monitor Earth, they are also carefully archived.

Tech Videos
21st March 2019
World Water Day: what's space got to do with it?

For World Water Day ESA take a look at ways that space can help this global challenge.

Tech Videos
7th February 2019
ExoMars Rover: from concept to reality

The second part of the ExoMars programme is ongoing. In Stevenage, UK, a rover is being built that will carry a drill and a suite of instruments dedicated to exobiology and geochemistry research.

Tech Videos
19th November 2018
European Student Earth Orbiter ready for launch

The European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) is an educational micro-satellite, which involved European university students during the whole project life cycle.

Tech Videos
7th August 2018
Horizons mission - preparing for a spacewalk

Known to the crew as an EVA (extravehicular activity), each spacewalk provides a valuable opportunity to carry out repairs, test new equipment and even perform science experiments beyond the confines of a spacecraft.

Tech Videos
1st August 2018
The mission that brought an asteroid down to Earth

Some of the rarest, most precious materials on Earth originated very, very far away, and are only available to us now because of the Hayabusa mission of JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Tech Videos
27th June 2018
What is a near-Earth asteroid?

We often hear from astronomers and other scientists about 'near-earth asteroids' - lumps of rock and metal that orbit through our Solar System, and pass close enough to our planet to pose an impact risk.

Tech Videos
19th June 2018
Scenes from a ESA spacewalk

As part of ESA’s Expose-R2 project, 46 species of bacteria, fungi and arthropods were delivered by a Progress supply ship to the International Space Station in July 2014. Spacewalking cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev attached the package to the outside of the Zvezda module on 18th August 2014, where it stayed until it was retrieved 18 months later.

Tech Videos
8th March 2018
Earth from space: special edition

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme.

7th March 2018
World-first firing of air-breathing electric thruster

In a world-first, an ESA-led team has built and fired an electric thruster to ingest scarce air molecules from the top of the atmosphere for propellant, opening the way to satellites flying in very low orbits for years on end. ESA’s GOCE gravity-mapper flew as low as 250 km for more than five years thanks to an electric thruster that continuously compensated for air drag. However, its working life was limited by the 40 kg of xenon it c...

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