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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 14:50

Printing a telescope for space

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Additive Manufactured Demonstrator Telescope’

This weirdly organic item is the answer to an engineering question: how to take the maximum benefit from 3D printing to produce a highly demanding item for a space mission? An ESA-led team began with a Dutch-designed space telescope which identifies ozone and other trace gases in Earth’s atmosphere, then comprehensively redesigned it for manufacture in this innovative way.

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Proba-2

The smarter space missions become, the more ‘housekeeping’ data they generate. In theory, this is good news, enabling greater oversight for ground controllers. But with communication links limited in capacity, floods of this telemetry data risk crowding out payload data – the scientifically or commercially valuable information the mission is there to provide. A new ESA-patented data compression method, soon available for use by all missions, helps prevent this from happening.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 08:00

Hunting out water on the Moon

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Galileo IOV Engineering Model Payload Testbed Facility

Europe has 26 Galileo navigation satellites in orbit, blanketing the world in positioning signals, with another 12 planned for launch, variously taking shape or undergoing testing in facilities across our continent. Then there is one more satellite, operating as if it were in space but actually turned inside out on the ground, inside a laboratory within ESA’s technical heart.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 06:38

Hypersonic surfing

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:25

Sterilisation for planetary protection

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 12:26

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Water drop antenna lens

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 08:52

Bepi before space

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 13:16

Week in images: 6-10 April 2020

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Week in images: 6-10 April 2020

Discover our week through the lens

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