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ESA's Gaia Mission Is Beginning To See Things More Clearly
2014-02-06 13:37:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) billion-star surveyor mission is slowly beginning to see more clearly. ESA’s Gaia launched on December 19, 2013, and since then it has been preparing for its mission to gather loads of data on stars that surround us. Gaia took a test image of a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud as part of a “fine tuning” test to get the spacecraft into focus. The new image is allowing ESA...

2014-02-06 08:21:01

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) supplied seven powerful single board computers that are providing processing power for the European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia satellite, which lifted off on December 19, 2013, to survey more than a billion stars and other celestial bodies to trace the origin and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121018/LA91771LOGO) Gaia is a key European space mission...

2014-02-04 08:21:17

Laser welding technology under testing for orbital environment and extreme pressure, temperature cycling TAMPERE, Finland, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Primoceler (www.primoceler.com) is a leading developer of laser welding technology appropriate for the most demanding of industries. Now, the European Space Agency (ESA) has selected the company to develop and fabricate its new optical sensor packages for use in future orbital missions. The benefits of the technology include a...

ExoMars Orbiter Module Completed
2014-02-03 13:08:43

ESA The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter module consisting of the spacecraft structure, thermal control and propulsion systems was handed over by OHB System to Thales Alenia Space France at a ceremony held in Bremen, Germany, today. The delivery marks an important step in the ExoMars program, a joint endeavor between ESA and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. Comprising two missions that will be launched to Mars in 2016 and 2018, respectively, ExoMars will address the outstanding scientific...

Hunting For Near-Earth Objects And Asteroids
2014-02-01 04:50:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For the first time, national space agencies from Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia will establish an expert group aimed at getting the world’s space-faring nations on the ‘same page’ when it comes to reacting to asteroid threats, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Friday. Its task is to coordinate capabilities and expertise for missions to handle asteroids that might one day strike Earth. The Space Mission Advisory...

2014-01-30 23:27:39

Understanding High-Tech Security Requires a Journey through the Past Irving ,Texas (PRWEB) January 30, 2014 In recent years, home security has shifted away from simple control panels and deadbolt locks into cool, coveted high-tech gadgets that compose items on many homeowners’ wish lists. While the Jetson era hasn’t arrived just yet, the technology behind modern smart homes would likely be enough to blow the minds of our ancestors. But, today’s security systems aren’t simply the...

ESA Says Rosetta Comet Chasing Spacecraft Is Fully Awake
2014-01-30 10:10:32

[ Watch the Video: Rosetta Mission Is On Track To Rendezvous With Comet ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After more than a week of post-hibernation tests and check-ups, the European Space Agency has announced that its comet-chasing craft Rosetta is fully operational and ready to begin the active stage of its mission to study and land a probe on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. “We were most concerned about power, and seeing if the solar arrays were...

rosetta and comet
2014-01-25 04:49:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The countdown is on for the instruments on the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft, as the ultraviolet imaging spectrograph, a microwave thermometer and a plasma analyzer are scheduled to be activated in early March, NASA announced on Friday. Rosetta, which woke up Monday following a 31-month deep space slumber, is scheduled to become the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November. The...

2014-01-23 16:20:58

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at noon EST Friday, Jan. 24, to discuss the road ahead for the three U.S. science instruments, as well as other NASA support, that are part of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Having been reactivated Monday after a record 957 days in hibernation, the spacecraft will be the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its...

Space Droids Battle To Save Our Planet
2014-01-21 11:52:05

[ Watch The Video: Zero Robotics Competition 2013 ] ESA A comet heading towards Earth threatens humanity’s existence – that was the virtual scenario of this year’s Zero Robotics tournament. Secondary-school students from across Europe controlled miniature satellites on the International Space Station in a competition to save our planet. The Space Station was turned into a playing field for the finals. The ultimate robot game challenged youngsters to write algorithms that...


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Roberto Vittori
2012-10-27 14:08:27

Roberto Vittori is an ESA astronaut as well as an Italian Air Force Officer and a test pilot for the United States. Vittorri was born on October 15, 1964 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy and attended the Italian Air Force Academy, graduating in 1989. While working towards his graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland in 1995, Vittori operated the Tornado GR1 along with the 50th Wing of the 155th Squadron in Piacenza, Italy from 1991 to 1994. During this time, he...

Léopold Eyharts
2012-10-02 09:49:07

Léopold Eyharts is a Brigadier General in the French Air Force and an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut. Eyharts was born April 28, 1957, in Biarritz, France. After completing his basic academics, he joined the French Air Force Academy of Salon-de-Provence in 1977 to study aeronautical engineering. Eyharts graduated in 1979 as an engineer. By 1980 he became a fighter pilot and was sent to the Istres Air Force Base in France. Initially he was assigned to an operational jaguar squadron...

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2011-04-18 23:21:55

Jean-Francois Clervoy is a French engineer and test pilot, a CNES and ESA astronaut, and a veteran of three NASA Space Shuttle missions. He was born Jean-Francois André Clervoy on November 19, 1958 in France. He has a twin brother, Patrick, and is married to the former Laurence Boulanger. The couple has two children, and the family enjoys racquet sports, skill games, skiing, and flying kites. Clervoy graduated from high school in Saint-Cyr Lycee and then earned his Bachelor's degree from...

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2010-11-17 14:23:40

Chister Fuglesang is a Swedish physicist and an ESA astronaut. He was born Arne Christer Fuglesang on March 18, 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden. His mother was Swedish, but his father was Norwegian, having become a Swedish citizen just before Fuglesang's birth. Fuglesang graduated college, and went on to receive a Master of Science degree in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in 1981. While at the Royal Institute, he met Elisabeth, whom he married in 1983. He then earned a...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cassini-Huygens Mission -- The Cassini unmanned space probe is intended to study Saturn and its moons. It was launched on October 15, 1997 and is estimated to enter Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004. The mission is a joined NASA/ESA project. Cassini's principal objectives are to: -- determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamical behavior of the rings -- determine the composition of the satellite surfaces and the geological history of each object -- determine the nature and...

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