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The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe
ESA and ANU make space propulsion breakthrough
12 November, 2006
The European Space Agency and the Australian National University have successfully tested a new design of spacecraft ion engine that dramatically improves performance over present thrusters and marks a major step forward in space propulsion capability.
Unique in-flight upgrade for XMM-Newton ground systems
11 November, 2006
ESA's highly successful XMM-Newton mission was formally given a four-year extension. The longer life necessitated a first-ever in-flight upgrade to the spacecraft's mission control software.
Thinking out of the box: how to challenge conventional space systems
10 November, 2006
Spacecraft must evolve. Advancing space research is no longer just about swapping old components for new, now it is about entirely rethinking what a space mission can do and how it achieves its goals. World experts are gathering at ESA on 21 February to exchange new ideas and stimulate unconventional thinking about space systems.
Satellite data used to warn oil industry of potentially dangerous eddy
09 November, 2006
Ocean FOCUS began issuing forecasts, just in time to warn oil production operators of a new warm eddy that has formed in the oil and gas-producing region of the Gulf of Mexico.
Space suit technology can protect workers from heatstroke
08 November, 2006
The technology used in space suits to protect astronauts carrying out space walks in direct sunlight is now being used to develop protective clothing to safeguard firefighters and steel workers who often work in extremely hot and dangerous conditions.
Researchers convinced satellites are helpful in tracking epidemics
07 November, 2006
The amount of data acquired by satellites is increasing at an exponential rate, and researchers are learning about the value of this data in fighting epidemic outbreaks as a result of ESA
Satellite multicasting improves educational information delivery
06 November, 2006
A project supported by the European Space Agency has combined satellite multicasting techniques and improved content management to enhance information delivery for education.
SMART-1 impact simulated in a laboratory sand-box
05 November, 2006
Laboratory simulations of the SMART-1 impact performed at the University of Kent, United Kingdom, suggest that the impact may have caused a clearly elongated lunar crater, and produced a high-speed rebounding for the spacecraft.
Ground movement risks identified by Terrafirma
05 November, 2006
Ground movements are responsible for hundreds of deaths and billions of Euros annually, and the threat they pose is increasing due to urbanisation and land use. ESA's GMES Service Element Programme is backing a project, Terrafirma, to help mitigate these risks.
Satellite instrument helps tackle mysteries of ozone-eating clouds
05 November, 2006
Polar stratospheric clouds have become the focus of many research projects in recent years due to the discovery of their role in ozone depletion, but essential aspects of these clouds remain a mystery. MIPAS, an instrument onboard ESA
Planck telescope behaves well in cold vacuum
04 November, 2006
ESA's Planck space telescope was removed last week from the Large Space Simulator at ESTEC, ESA's research and technology centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, after a thorough two-week test in temperatures down to -178 degrees Celsius. The test is an important milestone towards launch in 2008.
04 November, 2006
Scientists have secured their first look at the birth of monstrous stars that shine 100 000 times more brightly than the Sun, thanks to ESA
XMM-Newton reveals a tumbling neutron star
04 November, 2006
Using data from ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory, an international group of astrophysicists discovered that one spinning neutron star doesn
New launch date for Europe
03 November, 2006
MetOp-A, the first in a new European series of three meteorological operational satellites designed to monitor the Earth
Rare high-altitude clouds found on Mars
03 November, 2006
Planetary scientists have discovered the highest clouds above any planetary surface. They found them above Mars using the SPICAM instrument on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. The results are a new piece in the puzzle of how the Martian atmosphere works.
Polar explorers use satellite broadband to stay in touch
03 November, 2006
A team of young explorers from the Climate Change College are on a ten day field trip, participating in ESA's CryoSat validation experiment on the Greenland Ice Sheet. To stay in touch, the team is using Inmarsat's Broadband Global Area Network, a technology development supported by ESA.
Geoinformation from space sharpens population density maps
03 November, 2006
In response to a growing demand for sharpened census data, GeoVille Information Systems has developed
First Vega P80 nozzle delivered
02 November, 2006
A ceremony took place at the facilities of Snecma Propulsion Solide in Bordeaux, France, to mark the occasion of the delivery of the first nozzle for the P80 solid rocket motor. The P80 is the first stage of the Vega small launcher.
Ariane 5 launches two telecommunications satellites
02 November, 2006
An Ariane 5 ECA launcher lifted off from Europe
02 November, 2006
The continuing disintegration of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 has allowed ESA scientists to see into the interior of the comet. Using a revolutionary camera attached to the ESA Optical Ground Station on Tenerife, they have followed the detailed twists and turns of various comet fragments.
Space technology to help hospitals contain spread of avian flu infection
02 November, 2006
In response to concerns from hospitals to prepare for eventual pandemic flu outbreaks, the French company AirInSpace, with support from ESA's Technology Transfer Programme, has successfully adapted technology developed to protect astronauts for use in critical care centres to protect immune-deficient patients against airborne pathogens such as the avian flu virus.
Space, defence and European security discussed at Europe
01 November, 2006
The WEU Assembly and the European Interparliamentary Space Conference are jointly holding a conference on space, defence and European security in Kourou, French Guiana, at the invitation of the European Space Agency, the French space agency and Arianespace.
Proba-3: ESA
01 November, 2006
Proba-3 is the third in ESA
New state of the art software will safeguard ATV rendezvous
01 November, 2006
If Europe
XMM-Newton spots the greatest of great balls of fire
01 November, 2006
Thanks to data from ESA
New evidence links stellar remains to oldest recorded supernova
31 October, 2006
Recent observations from the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton Observatory and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have uncovered evidence that helps to confirm the identification of the remains of one of the earliest stellar explosions recorded by humans.
Telemedicine initiative for sub-Saharan Africa
31 October, 2006
The first meeting of the Telemedicine Task Force for sub-Saharan Africa was held in Brussels. In the conclusions of the Telemedicine workshop held in Brussels, where the potential of satellite telecommunication technology was demonstrated as a tool for supporting healthcare systems in sub-Saharan Africa, it was declared that a complete picture of the telemedicine opportunities offered by feasible and affordable applications in sub-Saharan Africa is very much needed.
Cluster makes an effervescent discovery
31 October, 2006
Space is fizzing. Above our heads, where the Earth
Arctic summer ice anomaly shocks scientists
30 October, 2006
Satellite images acquired have shown for the first time dramatic openings, over a geographic extent larger than the size of the British Isles, in the Arctic
Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center
30 October, 2006
Space Shuttle Discovery successfully landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 15:14 CEST (13:14 UT) today. Discovery returned with one crewmember less than at the start of the STS-121 mission, ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter will remain on board the International Space Station for six months for the Astrolab Mission.
Controlling robots that search for Mars life
30 October, 2006
As part of ESA's ambitious, long-term Aurora exploration programme, ExoMars will search for traces of life on Mars. The mission requires entirely new technologies for self-controlled robots, built-in autonomy and cutting-edge visual terrain sensors.
Satellite systems to warn of health threats
30 October, 2006
Satellite solutions can make all the difference to the efficiency of telemedicine. With this in mind, ESA is preparing a European telemedicine via satellite programme which will be of direct benefit to the healthcare community.
Spacecraft, heal thyself
20 January, 2006
Once a spacecraft is in orbit, engineers have virtually no chance of repairing anything that breaks. But what if a spacecraft could fix itself?
21 December, 2005
The second member of Europe
MARES, measuring muscle strength in space
31 October, 2005
A look at MARES, the Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System, a pioneering new instrument for neuromuscular and exercise research on the International Space Station.
Fastnet yacht runs faster with space technology
10 August, 2005
Space has come down to Earth for this week's legendary Fastnet regatta. Competitor Marc Thiercelin's 20-metre Pro-Form yacht boasts lighter batteries, more efficient solar cells and advanced energy management systems - all spin-offs from Europe's space programmes.
Pioneering technology to explore other planets
16 June, 2005
Drilling holes on other planets and inventing novel textiles to secure large structures in space are just two of the 27 challenges that expert teams have been working on in the first year of ESA's Innovation Triangle Initiative.
Space 'eye' for textiles
16 February, 2005
An artificial eye developed for Earth observation is now being employed to recognise colour variations in dyed fabrics: a critical element of textile production. This could significantly reduce the 160 million metres of dyed fabrics discarded annually in Europe with high environmental costs.
Green car sets speed record
15 November, 2004
When the non-profit organisation Id
Plastics and rubber
13 October, 2004
Innovative uses for plastics, rubber and their derivatives will be on display next week in D
Winning racer backed by space technology
25 September, 2003
'Henri Pescarolo demonstrated once again last week-end that innovative technologies we originally developed for our spacecraft can be put to work in automobiles improving both performance and safety,' says Pierre Brisson, Head of ESA's Technology Transfer and Promotion Office.
Revealed: Europe
30 June, 2003
'Europe has a yearly budget of approximately 400 million Euro for space technology research and development. ESA provides half of this budget, while the rest is going through national channels,' said Hans Kappler, ESA Director of Industrial Matters and Technology Programmes. 'It is very obvious this investment has to be harmonised in order to avoid unnecessary duplications of activities and fill strategic gaps.'
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