Latest Concurrent Design Facility Stories

2010-01-26 10:30:00

Packed with novel devices and science instruments, Proba-2 is demonstrating technologies for future ESA missions while providing new views of our Sun. At a press conference on Tuesday at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Brussels, the team behind the small satellite declared themselves extremely happy with its first three months in orbit and unveiled Proba-2's first solar observations. Since its launch on November 2, Proba-2's numerous subsystems have been switched on one by one and their...

2010-01-25 11:15:00

Slovenia becomes the sixth European country to sign the European Cooperating State Agreement with ESA. ESA's Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations, Peter Hulsroj, and Slovenian Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Gregor Golobic, signed the agreement at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, on 22 January 2010. This agreement strengthens Slovenia's relations with ESA and defines the legal basis for developing a Plan for European Cooperating State (PECS) Charter,...

2009-12-18 08:25:00

ESA's Council yesterday gave the go-ahead to proceed with the implementation of the ExoMars Program. This decision paves the way for two Mars exploration missions in cooperation with NASA in 2016 and 2018. The ExoMars Program aims to investigate the martian environment, particularly astrobiological issues and to develop and demonstrate new technologies for planetary exploration with the long-term view of a future Mars sample return mission in the 2020s. Two missions are foreseen within the...

2009-12-11 15:15:00

Bring together a small group of highly motivated researchers, grant them full access to laboratory and production facilities, remove all administrative distractions, and let them work intensively for four to six months. That's what "ËœStarTiger' is all about! It is a different approach to conducting research and development that aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a new and promising technology within a very short time scale. Within this initiative, ESA is running a six-month...

2009-11-21 13:50:00

Twelve years of design, development and hard work have come to fruition with the formal handover of Node 3 from ESA to NASA on November 20, 2009. The ceremony took place in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA. The ceremony was attended by Bernardo Patti International Space Station Program Manager in ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight, NASA's International Space Station Program Manager Michael Suffredini, Robert Cabana, NASA's Director of the...

2009-11-06 09:30:00

ESA's Education Office has awarded a contract to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd of the UK to manage the development and testing of the first European student mission to the Moon. Launch is expected in 2013-2014. Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has been selected as the prime contractor for the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) project. The final signature of the contract took place on 4 November 2009. The mission involves delivering a spacecraft to lunar orbit, followed by 6 months...

2009-10-31 09:48:42

ESA is looking for ideas to use the International Space Station as a platform to conduct research into global climate change. The International Space Station (ISS) is a manned orbital platform with a permanent crew of six. Its assembly will be completed next year, providing a multipurpose research facility in low orbit until 2015 and possibly beyond. Europe's scientific community is already using the ISS in a multitude of areas such as life and microgravity sciences, and now Earth science and...

2009-10-20 15:05:00

Starting in 2010, an international crew of six will simulate a 520-day round-trip to Mars, including a 30-day stay on the martian surface. In reality, they will live and work in a sealed facility in Moscow, Russia, to investigate the psychological and medical aspects of a long-duration space mission. ESA is looking for European volunteers to take part. The "Ëœmission' is part of the Mars500 program being conducted by ESA and Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) to study...

2009-10-12 11:00:00

European states have agreed to replace a 2016 space probe mission to Mars with a smaller orbiting satellite and a small static lander. BBC News reported Monday that the member states to the European Space Agency agreed to delay the ExoMars rover mission to 2018 due to budget constraints. Last November, each member state pledged 850 million euros ($1.25B USD) to the ExoMars project. However, this figure was deemed to be less than enough to carry out the mission's objectives. ESA officials...

2009-09-16 10:19:47

As part of its Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems program, ESA is taking a practical step towards a new viewing experience: 3D television at home, delivered by satellite. 3D televisions and standard reception equipment are being set up at selected sites in Europe. Transmission of a continuous 3D channel began on 12 March 2009. The channel offers a range of program lengths and material, including sport, a short film and trailers, and events filmed in live 3D will be added. The...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.