Tech news tagged ‘ESA’

ESA Galileo satellites launch into wrong orbit

Two European Space Agency navigation satellites launched into the wrong orbit last weekend.

The satellites were meant to be the fifth and sixth in Europe’s Galileo global positioning system, a network of 30 satellites expected to be up and running by 2020. They launched from French Guinea on a…

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Space: ESA approves plans for the Athena X-ray space telescope

The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved plans for the Athena X-ray space telescope, which will be the largest of its kind ever built.

Costing about €1 billion, the flagship project will launch in 2028. It will weigh in at 5 tonnes, be about 12 metres long and will…

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The best image sensors come from… Essex

Why have satellite makers and astronomers beaten a path across Essex? To get to the best image sensors in the world, probably. E2V not only made the CheMin and ChemCam image sensors within NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, it is also the reason the Hubble space telescope has better eyesight…

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QinetiQ transceiver to monitor NASA Mars landing

A transceiver designed by UK-based QinetiQ is in orbit around the Mars on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express and will soon monitor NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) through entry, descent and landing on to the surface of the planet on Monday, 6 August.  QinetiQ has modified…

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Space: ESA marks a milestone year

Arianespace is probably best-known as the launch services operator for the European Space Agency, and thus closely associated with Ariane rocket operations from Europe’s spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana. The firm, founded in 1980 and headquartered in France, has as its principle shareholders French space agency CNES and…

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Space: ESA’s robotic resupply ship may live on

The European Space Agency’s ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) robotic resupply ship may live on beyond its last planned mission to the International Space Station in 2014 – by funnelling technology into a service module for the Orion manned capsule being developed for NASA astronauts or even a free-flying habitat…

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Space: Europe’s Moon mission ambitions boosted by rocket test

European Space Agency plans for a robotic Moon landing have been boosted by successful testing of a rocket motor which ESA engineers plan to use to control the lander’s descent on the 2018 expedition. The thruster is the same unit as used on ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle, selected…

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e2v secures major satellite deal for CMOS imagers

Essex-based imager supplier e2v has signed a multi-million Euro contract with Thales Alenia Space for the design and manufacture of a space qualified CMOS imaging sensor.

The sensor will be used in the Flexible Combined Imager (FCI) instrument of the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG), an ESA and the…

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Space: ESA pushes for re-entry vehicle testing in 2013

With the Space Shuttle set for imminent retirement, the only vehicles capable of re-entering the atmosphere from low-Earth orbit will be Russia’s venerable Soyuz capsules and the US Air Force’s X-37B unmanned experimental spaceplane. Neither are replacements for the Shuttle: Soyuz can accommodate three crew…

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Science: ESA investigates microgravity and thermoelectrics

The European Union has kicked off the “human genome project” of metallurgy, which European Space Agency head of advanced materials and energy research David Jarvis says promises to be as revolutionary in the fight against global warming as the multi-billion dollar push to map our DNA has been in…

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