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ESA Showcases New Earth Explorer Excellence
2012-06-17 03:00:54

Three new satellite concepts are vying to be chosen as ESA´s seventh Earth Explorer mission. In preparation for selection next year, a series of reports has been published presenting the scientific and technical ambition of each mission. Since the Biomass, CoReH2O and PREMIER mission concepts were selected for feasibility study in 2009, each candidate has been undergoing a set of rigorous activities to demonstrate their value to science and that they are technically viable. The...

ESA Teaming Up With Amateur Astronomers To Spot Near Earth Objects
2012-05-14 11:01:47

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The European Space Agency (ESA) is reaching out to amateur astronomers, asking for their help in discovering potentially dangerous space rocks. ESA's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program helps keep up with space hazards, with everything from space weather to debris objects in Earth orbit. The program also keeps up with "Near Earth objects," or NEOs, which are asteroids that pass close enough to our planet to cause concern. NEOs are hard to survey...

Roscosmos, ESA Agree Joint Mars Research
2012-04-09 11:13:49

Russian and European space officials on Friday agreed on a joint Mars mission to hunt for signs of life on the Red Planet, after NASA pulled the plug on its program, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on April 6, reports RiaNovosti. Despite describing the ExoMars project as the “Holy Grail” of exploration, NASA bailed out in February due to budgetary problems. That project meltdown left the ESA with few other options to launch a joint mission to Mars. The...

Central And Eastern Europe Make History With Small Satellites
2012-02-14 04:40:28

The first satellites entirely designed and built by Hungary, Poland, and Romania are now orbiting Earth after today´s successful maiden flight of ESA's small Vega launcher. The latest addition to Europe´s versatile family of space launchers, Vega carried nine satellites, seven of them built by European universities. This group of ESA-sponsored educational CubeSats included Goliat from Romania, PW-Sat from Poland and Masat-1 from Hungary. The unique opportunity to launch the...

Image 1 - Satcoms Help Astronauts Communicate From The Space Station
2012-02-07 13:46:06

Seeing ESA astronaut André Kuipers on the International Space Station is a regular occurrence these days. You turn on your TV or check Twitter and there he is. Since there are no cables trailing from the Station to Earth, just how does this happen? The answer, of course, is via satellite. While the answer may be simple, the process is more complicated. Behind André´s smiling face is a complex system of jargon-filled amplifiers, multiplexers, antennas,...

NASA Jumping Out Of Joint ESA Mars Mission
2012-02-07 12:03:56

NASA has decided it will be unable to continue a joint endeavor with the European Space Agency (ESA) on the ExoMars mission. The space agency told ESA that it will not be able to continue the mission, in which they planned to send an orbiting satellite and a rover to Mars. NASA has not yet made a formal statement about the situation, but reports say that the decision was due to budget restraints. "The Americans have indicated that the possibility of them participating is now low -...

2012-01-31 00:00:00

AMSTERDAM, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- (ISE booth #3A120) -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted market leader for enterprise webcasting and lecture capture, today announced that its Mediasite webcasting platform has been chosen by the Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) to enhance the quality and consistency of knowledge design sessions for the European Space Agency (ESA). The Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with a network of computers,...

Desert RATS Explore An Asteroid
2011-09-22 12:07:09

   Earlier this month, European scientists linked up with astronauts roaming over the surface of an asteroid. Desert RATS, NASA´s realistic simulation of a future mission, this year included a European dimension for the first time. It was not really an asteroid, but a desert near Flagstaff in Arizona, USA. Since 1999, scientists, astronauts and engineers from various NASA establishments and universities have gathered once a year to simulate human missions to the Moon and...

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2011-06-30 04:50:00

NASA and the European Space Agency's plans to have a joint mission to Mars faced another snag this week. A letter from NASA formally committing to combined ventures to Mars this decade was expected to arrive in Paris this week, but it has not, according to BBC News. The plan was to start the next phase of building an orbiter to hunt for methane in Mars' atmosphere. The U.S. space agency delaying its commitment is said to be due to NASA's difficulty in organizing its finances for the...

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2011-06-10 10:41:56

ESA and NASA have announced the scientific investigations selected for their 2016 ExoMars lander demonstrator. They will probe the atmosphere during the descent, and return the first ever data on electrical fields at the surface of Mars. The EDM Entry, descent, and landing Demonstrator Module is part of the joint ESA/NASA ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission to be launched in 2016 for arrival at Mars nine months later. Although its main goal is to demonstrate European entry, descent and landing...