Tag Archive: ESA

Jul 06 2015

ESA: EDRS: Using lasers where it counts

The European Data Relay System (EDRS) system is a planned constellation of GEO satellites that will relay information and data between satellites, spacecraft, UAVs, and ground stations. The European Data Relay System (EDRS) is the most sophisticated laser communication network ever designed. Dubbed the ‘SpaceDataHighway’, EDRS will help Earth-observing satellites to transmit large quantities of …

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Jun 20 2015

ESA: Euronews | It’s rocket science!

In this episode of ESA Euronews, we see how the European Space Agency are developing rocket engines. The scientific principle remains quite simple: accelerated gas creating thrust through a nozzle. However, extrapolating that concept to the point where the rocket has sufficient power to lift people and satellites beyond Earth’s gravity and into orbit is …

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Jun 17 2015

ESA: Hot firing of world’s first 3D-printed platinum thruster chamber

This is the world’s first spacecraft thruster made using a 3D printer and it passed its baptism of fire brilliantly as seen in this clip from the European Space Agency.  

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Jun 13 2015

ESA: Soyuz TMA-15M landing – highlights

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov landed in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in their Soyuz spacecraft 11 June 2015. They left the International Space Station at 10:20 GMT at the end of their six-month stay on the research complex. Soyuz TMA-15M braked from the Station’s …

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Jun 09 2015

ESA: Cooking in space: Whole red rice and turmeric chicken

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is currently living on board the International Space Station for her long duration mission Futura. Food is an important item in space, also on the psychological side; that’s why astronauts are allowed a certain quantity of the so-called “bonus food” of their choice that reminds them of their home cooking tastes. …

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May 12 2015

ESA: International Space Station toilet tour

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows how to use the most unglamorous but often asked-about part of living on the International Space Station: the toilet. A fan creates suction to avoid smells and floating waste. Solid waste is stored and put in cargo ferries to burn up when the spacecraft leaves the Space Station. The astronaut …

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May 11 2015

ESA: Earth from Space | Lagoon of tears

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. Discover the legend behind the lakes within the Sete Cidades Massif on the Azores island of São Miguel in the one hundred thirty-sixth edition.  

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May 10 2015

ESA: Telerobotics Part 2 – Meteron

In preparation for his 10-day Iriss mission to the International Space Station in September this year, ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is at ESA’s technical centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, visiting the Telerobotics and Haptics Laboratory. In this second part of his video diary, Andreas meets Bill Carey to talk about the Meteron project. Andreas …

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May 10 2015

ESA: Telerobotics Part 1 – Haptics

In preparation for his 10-day Iriss mission to the International Space Station in September this year, ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is at ESA’s technical centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, visiting the Telerobotics and Haptics Laboratory. Andreas catches up with Andre Schiele, head of the laboratory, to learn more about the robotics activities he will …

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Feb 21 2015

ESA: Earth from Space | Estonian mosaic

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. The one hundred thirty-third edition features a mosaic of Sentinel-1A radar scans, pieced together to create a single image of Estonia.  

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Feb 12 2015

ESA: Replay of Vega liftoff VV04 with IXV

Replay of the liftoff of Vega VV04 with ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, IXV, launched from Kourou, French Guiana on 11 February 2015. IXV was launched 340 km into space atop a Vega rocket, VV04, from Kourou in French Guiana on 11 February 2015. After separation from Vega, IXV coasted to 412 km before beginning a …

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Feb 08 2015

ESA: Earth from Space | Lisbon

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. The one hundred thirty-first edition featured a Sentinel-1 radar image of Lisbon.  

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Jan 30 2015

ESA: Striking lightning from space

Lightning illuminates the area they strike on Earth but their flash can be seen from space too. This timelapse was made from 49 images taken 400 km above Earth in 2012 by an astronaut on the International Space Station travelling at 28 800 km/h. At these distances a camera flash is pointless, but our planet …

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Jan 30 2015

ESA: Euronews | The dark side

All we can see around us, from planet Earth to distant galaxies, represents just five per cent of the Universe – the rest is dark energy or dark matter. So what do we know and what do we not know about these elusive components of the cosmos? The simple answer is that we don’t know …

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Jan 19 2015

ESA: Destination the Moon | The past, present and future of Moon exploration

This 8-minute film gives an overview of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration, from the Lunar cataclysm to ESA’s vision of what Lunar exploration could be. Why is the Moon important for science? What resources does the Moon have? Is there water? Why should we go back and how will we do it? …

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Jan 15 2015

ESA: Preview 2015

After a very fruitful 2014, there is no time to rest, another busy space year is already underway. Rosetta will still be the star of the show, but there are also exciting new missions in most space domains: from Earth Observation to Human Spaceflight, satellite communications and navigation.  

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Dec 24 2014

ESA: Alexander Gerst’s Earth timelapses

Watch Earth roll by through the perspective of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in this six-minute timelapse video from space. Combining 12 500 images taken by Alexander during his six-month Blue Dot mission on the International Space Station this Ultra High Definition video shows the best our beautiful planet has to offer. Marvel at the auroras, …

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Dec 01 2014

ESA: Linking by laser for fast data delivery

Launched in April 2014, Sentinel-1A carries an advanced radar instrument to image Earth’s surface through cloud and rain, regardless of whether it is day or night. Among its many applications Sentinel-1 routinely monitors shipping zones, maps sea ice and provides information on winds and waves for marine traffic, tracks changes in the way land is …

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Oct 31 2014

ESA: Earth from Space | Weeping Taranaki

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In this edition, discover the myth behind New Zealand’s melancholy mountain.  

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Oct 28 2014

ESA: Ambition the film

Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.  

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