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2014-06-04 05:45:31

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently announced the successful on-Earth testing of its Solar Orbiter's protective heat shield. The test, conducted at the ESA's Technical Center in Noordwijk subjected a 'structural-thermal' version of the craft's sunshield to an artificial Sun for a period of two weeks in their vacuum chamber - the largest in Europe. The results prove the shield will have no issue with the extreme temperatures...

Listening Stations In Deep-space Gain Hearing Boost
2013-07-18 09:13:50

ESA Picking up ultra-weak signals from spacecraft exploring deep in our Solar System requires cooling a detector to within a few degrees of absolute zero. Thanks to ESA's support, the technology is now available in Europe for the first time. With future exploration missions like Gaia, BepiColombo and Juice set to deliver massive amounts of scientific data, ESA's trio of deep-space tracking antennas needed an upgrade. The 35 m-diameter dishes in Australia, Spain and Argentina use...

2013-06-21 10:46:08

At a meeting in Rome Thursday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Enrico Saggese signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on the European Space Agency- (ESA) led BepiColombo mission to Mercury, strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation between NASA and ASI in planetary exploration. Bolden and Saggese also discussed NASA's plans for a new asteroid initiative, previously announced in President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal....

BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Proto-Flight Mechanical And Propulsion Bus Baked-out
2013-02-05 15:07:51

ESA The BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) Mechanical and Propulsion Bus (MPB) Proto-Flight Model (PFM) has been baked out in the Phenix thermal vacuum facility at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. This process involved heating the MPB to 60 °C in a vacuum for 20 days to remove any contaminants that would outgas in space. Given the extremes of temperature to which BepiColombo will be exposed — in excess of 350...

New ESA Mercury Spacecraft Undergoes Tests
2012-08-28 14:33:57

[WATCH VIDEO: Simulating BepiColombo's Separation Shock] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Association (ESA) has put its BepiColombo mission through a series of shock tests to prepare it for its future journey towards Mercury. BepiColombo will be lifted off from this planet via an Ariane 5 rocket in 2015, during which it will be connected to the upper stage of the rocket. Once the upper stage and its cargo have reached orbit, the two will...

BepiColombo Gets Good Vibrations
2012-08-17 12:12:16

[ Watch The Video ( BepiColombo Vertical Vibration Test ) ] [ Watch The Video ( BepiColombo Vibrating Horizontally ) ] Mimicking the intense vibrations experienced by a satellite during launch, the engineering model of the BepiColombo mission to Mercury has been subjected to similar forces at ESA´s spacecraft test facilities. A major design issue for spacecraft arises from the intense environment experienced during launch, ranging from vigorous vibrations to deafening noise. It...

ESA Signs Astro-H Agreement With JAXA
2012-04-11 04:04:52

An agreement was signed by ESA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for cooperation on Astro-H, an important mission that will provide a unique opportunity for probing extreme phenomena in the Universe. Astro-H will study astrophysical objects including black holes and neutron stars, explore the non-thermal Universe, and investigate the large-scale structure of the Universe and its evolution. The agreement was signed on 16 March by Prof. Alvaro Giménez...

Mercury Planetary Orbiter Takes Simulated Trip To The Innermost Planet
2011-10-13 03:57:25

Thermal-balance testing of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Structural and Thermal Model, which has been under way in ESA's Large Space Simulator since 20 September, has been successfully completed. During these tests the conditions the spacecraft will encounter during the cruise to Mercury and while in orbit have been simulated, and a number of tests to characterize the spacecraft performance under some worst-case scenarios have been carried out. 'Dry run' in the Large Space...

2011-10-05 13:31:37

MESSENGER scientists will highlight the latest results on Mercury from MESSENGER observations obtained during the first six months (the first Mercury solar day) in orbit. These findings will be presented October 5 in 30 papers and posters as part of a special session of the joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Nantes, Frances. Scientists will also look ahead to MESSENGER observations still...


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