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How Can Space Tech Help Detect Bank Fraud On Earth?
2014-06-09 03:40:42

ESA Drawing on their experience building complex software for simulating spaceflight, Portuguese scientists have created a 21st-century way of detecting banking fraud here on Earth. Today, every electronic purchase in Portugal runs through their software. Around the globe, Feedzai products screen some US$229 billion-worth of payments every year. But what do space missions and software designed to find thieves have in common? More than you might think – in addition to high-tech...

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2014-06-07 05:13:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Now that the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express spacecraft has completed its eight-year scientific mission and is preparing to plunge into the planet’s atmosphere, the agency has started providing regular space weather reports for an extraterrestrial world for the first time. Venus Express, which was launched in November 2005, had been orbiting the planet in an elliptical 24-hour loop and using a suite of seven...

Alexander Gerst's First Week In Space
2014-06-06 03:37:47

ESA ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has now spent a week in space on the International Space Station. As he grows accustomed to floating in weightlessness, he has been busy learning about his new home, taking over experiments, drawing blood, keeping fit and, yes, cleaning the toilet. Alexander arrived in the early morning 29 May together with NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and Roscosmos commander Maxim Suraev in their Soyuz spacecraft. They complement the three crewmembers on board since...

Pulsating X-rays Allow XMM-Newton To Reveal A Mysterious Star
2014-06-04 03:32:58

ESA XMM-Newton has revealed a unique star. It is a celestial chimera with the body of a normal massive star yet the magnetic field of a dead, stellar dwarf. This makes it a singular object among the billions of known stars. The race is now on to understand why it behaves in this way because the work hints at an unanticipated link between the deep interior of a star and the surrounding atmosphere. The star is known only by its catalogue designation, Xi1 Canis Majoris. It lies some...

Connecting Next Generation Of Spacecraft With One Ring
2014-06-04 03:34:43

ESA Connecting spacecraft in orbit will never be simple, but ESA is taking the next step to allow the next generation of vehicles of all types from around the world to link up with each other. The International Space Station has two sets of incompatible docking ports, one designed for Russian spacecraft and Europe’s space freighter, and another design for the now-retired US Space Shuttle. There also are berthing ports for vessels that cannot dock on their own but are first captured...

2014-06-04 08:20:54

HOCKENHEIMRING, Germany, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) is demonstrating its Emergency Steering Assist (ESA) system on a prototype vehicle at an event at the Hockenheimring today. ESA helps support the driver in an emergency situation when an evasive steering maneuver is initiated. The system applies an additional steering torque during the maneuver and assists the driver in lateral vehicle guidance....

2014-06-03 23:12:29

The Electronic Security Association (ESA) offers summer safety tips for consumers. Irving, Texas (PRWEB) June 03, 2014 The summer season has finally arrived. The smell of sunscreen lingers in the air, children are free from homework for the next couple of months and the warm weather provides perfect conditions for spending time outdoors with friends and family. June is also Home Safety Month, so the Electronic Security Association (ESA), the largest trade association serving the security...

2014-06-03 08:29:02

Art Collection To Be Showcased from June 10-12 at E3 2014 LOS ANGELES and WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) today announced the official selections for the 2014 Into the Pixel (ITP) collection. Created in 2004, and now in its 11th year, the annual ITP art exhibit honors video game artists who continue to push the interactive entertainment art form forward. Co-produced by the ESA and...

Understanding Of China’s Poyang Lake Water Surface Dynamics
2014-06-02 03:10:58

ESA As ESA and China mark a decade of cooperation, imagery over China’s Poyang lake is testament to the new Sentinel satellite’s promise of continued radar data acquisition for a multitude of applications. The Poyang lake in southern China’s Jiangxi province is the largest freshwater lake in the country. This lake is an important habitat for migrating Siberian cranes – many of which spend the winter there. The basin is also one of China's most important rice-producing...

Examining Satellites’ Mysterious Death Tumbling
2014-05-30 03:50:01

ESA Down on the ground, death equals stillness – but not in space. Derelict satellites can tumble in unpredictable ways and ESA’s team tasked with developing a space salvage mission want to find out why. In recent years, satellites beginning uncontrolled reentries have been tracked, such as Russia’s Phobos-Grunt and Germany’s Rosat. In a few cases, satellites suffering unexpected failures in orbit have also been followed, including ESA’s Envisat and Japan’s ADEOS-II. In...


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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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