Tech news tagged ‘ESA’

Low cost flexi-satellites to be built by Airbus in the UK

The UK’s latest multi-million pound space facilities, for flexi-satellites, were officially opened last month with the signing of  a first €180m contract.

The new European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) is a joint initiative between the UK government and the European Space Agency (ESA).


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ESA preps Sentinel-2 satellite launch

Tomorrow sees the first launch of the two-satellite Sentinel-2 mission from French Guiana.

The Sentinel-2A satellite will be launched on a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport near Kourou. The event is scheduled to take place at 01:52 GMT.

Sentinel-2 is the second mission for…

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University sees successful CubeSat satellite launch

Warwick University’s WUSAT-2 satellite, which was launched earlier this month, uses miniature connectors from Harwin.

The student-run project has built and launched a small 10x10x10cm CubeSat satellite into space.

Overseen by the European Space Agency (ESA), the satellite was launched from the Swedish Space Centre. After the…

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Raspberry Pi to be launched into space

Two Raspberry Pi computers are to be taken into space.

British Astronaut Tim Peake will take the Raspberry Pis to the International Space Station as part of a school coding competition organised by UK Space and the European Space Agency.

School students will be asked to devise and code their…

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ESA orders space radio prototype from RFEL

Following a research contract, the European Space Agency is to buy a software-defined radio demonstrator RFEL, the Isle of Wight-based specialist in DSP algorithms running on FPGAs.

“The research element of the project was a great success,” said RFEL CEO Alex Kuhrt, “so this second, follow-on, contract…

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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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