First rollout of Ariane 6 mobile gantry29 July 2019
First rollout of Ariane 6 mobile gantry29 July 2019 At Europe’s Spaceport the Ariane 6 mobile gantry, a 90 metre-high metallic structure built to house Ariane 6 underwent a 97 m rollout test last week to mimic prelaunch.
ExoMars radio science instrument readied for Red Planet22 July 2019 An ambitious instrument for ESA’s ExoMars 2020 mission has passed its testing in conditions resembling those on the Red Planet. It will now be transported to Russia for its acceptance review, followed by integration onto the Kazachok Surface Platform,...
Powering the future with lunar soil18 July 2019
Powering the future with lunar soil18 July 2019 Building a lunar base would be one of the next logical steps in our exploration of the Solar System, but the survival of a future crew depends on access to a reliable source of energy. An ESA Discovery & Preparation study explored how lunar regoli...
October’s ESA Open Day looks to the Moon10 July 2019
October’s ESA Open Day looks to the Moon10 July 2019 Come to ESA’s technical heart this October to meet veteran Apollo astronauts and hear from engineers designing future European missions to the Moon. This year’s ESA Open Day at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, will take place on Sunday 6 October –...
Upside-down 3D-printed skin and bone, for humans to Mars09 July 2019 3D printing human tissue could help keep astronauts healthy all the way to Mars. An ESA project has produced its first bioprinted skin and bone samples.
Jumping space robot ‘flies’ like a spacecraft04 July 2019
Jumping space robot ‘flies’ like a spacecraft04 July 2019 Astronauts on the Moon found themselves hopping around, rather than simply walking. Switzerland’s SpaceBok planetary exploration robot has followed their example, launching all four legs off the ground during tests at ESA’s technical heart.