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Successful in-flight demonstration of the ADEO braking sail
Artist impression of the Drag Augmentation Deorbiting System (ADEO) breaking sail. A drag breaking sail can provide a passive method of deorbiting by increasing the atmospheric surface drag effect and causing an accelerated decay in the satellite’s orbital altitude. The satellite will eventually burn up in the atmosphere, providing a quicker residue-free method of disposal. Credit: ESA

The Drag Augmentation Deorbiting System (ADEO) breaking sail was successfully deployed from the ION satellite carrier in late December 2022.

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 09:27

ESA YGT applications now open!

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2023 YGT Programme

The 2023 Young Graduate Trainee positions are now open for applications! Opportunities are available in engineering, science, IT and business services. Find out more and apply now.  

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 10:00

Curious comet’s rare close approach

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 10:37

Turning astronauts into Moon explorers

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NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson and ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst exploring a cave

ESA’s geology training course PANGAEA has come of age with the publication of a paper that describes the quest for designing the best possible geology training for the next astronauts to walk on the surface of the Moon.

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 12:10

Astral alchemy

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Osaka, Japan (SPX) Jan 27, 2023
The Standard Model of particle physics tells us that most particles we observe are made up of combinations of just six types of fundamental entities called quarks. However, there are still many mysteries, one of which is an exotic, but very short-lived, Lambda resonance known as ^(1405). For a long time, it was thought to be a particular excited state of three quarks-up, down, and strange-
Wednesday, 01 February 2023 07:17

Setting sail for safer space

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Setting sail for safer space Image: Setting sail for safer space
Tuesday, 31 January 2023 21:10

New telescope project completion in sight

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Cornell-led telescope project completion in sight
A construction crew does precast work on the foundation of the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope. Credit: Cornell University

The construction of the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST) being developed by CCAT Observatory Inc., an international consortium of universities led by Cornell, is drawing to a close.

Work is poised to begin on a defining feature of the telescope—the "elevation" part that supports the upper structure and will contain the telescope's . Unlike almost any other telescope to date, the part will be constructed from Invar, a special formulation of steel that has an extremely low coefficient of thermal expansion.

"This means that it doesn't get bigger when it's hot and it doesn't shrink when it's cold," said Jim Blair, FYST project manager in the Department of Astronomy, in the College of Arts and Sciences. "At least, it's greatly, greatly reduced with Invar compared to regular steel. And that's important for the science, because at the wavelengths we are looking at, would actually affect the data and could ruin it.

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Fairbanks AK (SPX) Feb 01, 2023
Can studying sleeping Arctic ground squirrels help astronauts and further NASA's mission? Dr. Kelly Drew and her students studied hibernating squirrels and their ability to retain muscle and bone mass during extended hibernation and they think it could apply to astronauts. Drew, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in Fairbanks, Alaska was awarde
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Fino Mornasco, Italy (SPX) Feb 01, 2023
Space logistics and orbital transportation company D-Orbit launched Starfield, the eighth commercial mission of their proprietary orbital transfer vehicle (OTV) ION Satellite Carrier (ION), and the first one in a midinclination orbit. The OTV lifted off January 31st, 2023, at 8:15 a.m. PT (16:15 UTC) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space
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McLean VA (SPX) Feb 01, 2023
Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) has unveiled the most capable, ultra-portable solution for truly global connections to all smartphones, tablets and laptops - a new class of personal satellite communication device called the Iridium GO! exec. Built for the professional but made for everyone, the Iridium GO! exec provides a natural extension of your world off-the-grid to send and receive ema
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