Latest Noordwijk Stories

Europe’s Space Hub Open Its Doors To The Public October 6
2013-06-17 07:57:21

ESA From the latest space ferry to the very first Alphasat, Europe has never been more active in space, with a crowded manifest of ESA launches across the rest of the year. But where are all these varied missions born? See for yourself this October, as ESA´s ESTEC research and technology centre opens its doors to the public. No sooner has Luca Parmitano joined the International Space Station than ESA´s latest space truck is resupplying the orbital outpost. Meanwhile, the...

André Welcomed Home By Large Crowd
2012-09-02 21:28:48

In July, ESA astronaut André Kuipers landed on Earth after a bumpy ride in a Soyuz capsule. Yesterday, he landed by helicopter on the beach near ESA´s technical center in the Netherlands to loud applause from the large crowd gathered to welcome him home. When André isn´t traveling the world for his training and scientific experiments or circling Earth on the International Space Station, he works from his office at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands....

How ESA And Industry Will Work Together In The Future
2012-05-23 03:42:20

ESA and industry have built a strong relationship in the 35 years they have worked together. But with changing times, we should review this relationship to see what has worked well and what needs to be improved, so that it continues to grow. On 10 May, the last of a series of workshops at the various ESA establishments concluded at ESRIN in Frascati, Italy. Part of a ℠consultation with industry´ process, each workshop dealt with a number of important topics regarding the...

SpaceTweetup With André Kuipers: Ask @Astro_Andre
2012-04-05 03:50:56

Are you following @Astro_Andre´s Twitter updates and images from space? If you could speak to him live on the International Space Station, what would you most like to ask? Now´s your chance! ESA is inviting 80 followers of @Astro_Andre to join us for a SpaceTweetup, with André participating live from the Space Station. The Tweetup will take place in English on 29 May at ESA´s ESTEC research and technology center in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. ESA astronaut...

Lift Off of VEGA VV01
2012-03-13 07:48:19

When Vega VV01 launched into orbit on February 13, 2012, it took with it some of the ESA´s most tested materials as well as a good amount of teamwork. The first of Europe´s Vega rockets is a brand new design based on some new techniques and technologies. Getting all of these designs and implementations through the air and into orbit called for plenty of teamwork as well as rigorous technical risk management by the ESA´s specialists. Vega VV01 will be used to haul small to...

ESA Centrifuge Opens Door To High-gravity Worlds
2011-09-30 10:09:59

Astronauts´ jobs sometimes weigh heavy on them: crews returning from space briefly endure ℠g-loading´ more than four times Earth normal. Scientists interested in hypergravity need to create it for minutes, days or even weeks at a time. Fortunately, ESA´s Large Diameter Centrifuge does just that. Based at ESA´s ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, the centrifuge is designed not for astronaut training but for research. Jointly financed by ESA and...

2011-03-17 09:04:04

Four teams of university students will develop and perform experiments in hypergravity during ESA's second "ËœSpin Your Thesis!' campaign. The students will use the Large Diameter Centrifuge facility at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Experts from ESA's Education Office, ESA's Technical Directorate and the European Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA) finally selected four teams:  BuBCoa Three students from the...

2010-07-07 08:50:00

A start-up company supported by ESA's Business Incubation Centre has developed a new mobile phone indoor navigation system, which will soon help the six million annual visitors find their way around at the largest exhibition center in Paris. This navigation system, developed by Insiteo, is especially effective for large inside spaces such as exhibition grounds, because the vast, complicated layouts of such tradeshows can be confusing.  Expo Porte de Versailles in Paris, with its 575,000...

2010-04-24 09:48:50

The start-up company Star2Earth, reared in the ESA Business Incubation Center in the Netherlands, will improve electricity production from a hydroelectric plant on Lake Laja in Chile by using navigation satellite signals to measure water levels and wave heights. Mounted on the lake's shore, the new Oceanpal sensor will accurately monitor the water level. It does not touch the water so it is almost maintenance-free, an important feature in the remote Andes Mountains. In general, water sensors...

2010-03-05 11:48:58

For years, ESA has been bringing space technologies down to Earth through its Technology Transfer Program and Business Incubation initiatives. Now, the Agency will strengthen these initiatives by supporting new businesses using space innovations through a dedicated venture capital fund. The Open Sky Technologies Fund (OSTF) is an early-stage venture capital fund aimed at nurturing the most promising business opportunities arising from space technologies and satellite applications for...

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