Tag Archive: ESA

Nov 30 2015

LISA set to launch this week

Flight teams prepare for LISA Pathfinder liftoff Wednesday. It’ll loiter around L1 for about half a year looking for gravitational waves. ================= I’m back from a long weekend of umpiring, doing the Brenda Marsha ASA Thanksgiving tournament up in Chino Hills, CA. It is one of the funner tourneys of the year, because it’s a …

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Nov 03 2015

ESA selects 5 CubeSat missions for Asteroid exploration

CubeSats to an asteroid. This is the Asteroid Impact mission that ESA is considering. The 5 CubeSat missions selected are AGEX (Royal Observatory of Belgium). A CubeSat touches down to assess the surface material, surface gravity, subsurface structure and of the DART impact effects. Another CubeSat in orbit deploys smaller ‘chipsats’ dispersed over the asteroid. …

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Oct 26 2015

Head of FAA endorses ESA’s Lunarville idea

FAA’s Nield Endorses Woerner’s Moon Village, But With Commercial Partners Too. There is a lot to like (and a little to dislike) in this article, which does a little meandering between a few topics. I’ll quote the significant parts and then add my two cents. Nield spoke at the October 21 meeting of the Commercial …

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Sep 23 2015

Lots of activity on 67P

Rosetta Spacecraft Observes ‘Dramatic and Rapid’ Changes on Surface of Comet 67P. A great article on what they’ve observed as 67P neared perihelion. Lots of pictures at the link. Here’s my favorite:

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Sep 09 2015

Putting a round peg in a round hole never looked so cool

Slam Dunk for Andreas in Space Controlling Rover on Ground. I am pretty critical of the claims that the ISS is there to help us get ready for missions to Mars, because The ISS was in operation long before Mars became an objective of NASA, and Very little in the daily activities on the ISS …

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Aug 06 2015

Congrats to Rosetta!

Rosetta entered orbit around 67P one year ago today. SAL-UTE!!

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Aug 03 2015

Where is Philae? (Part a hundred)

Philae estimated landing spot

Philae results shed light on the nature of comets. This follows up on the article linked in an earlier post, providing more details on the data they were able to collect on Philae’s multi-touchdown landing. It has this picture: Now, we finally know where Philae approximately (probably within 10 meters). In the earlier post, I …

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Jul 18 2015

Philae may have transmitter issues

What’s going on with #Philae? @Philae2014 technical project manager Koen Geurts tells us in this #VideoUpdate pic.twitter.com/1CkUVf2jNR — DLR – English (@DLR_en) July 16, 2015 Which reminds me, I need to an analysis on it’s location based on all the information that has been released. I’m pretty sure that I can prove it’s at least …

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Jul 13 2015

Not sure this is new, but OK

All Set To Revolutionize The Telecoms Market… ESA, Eutelsat + Airbus Defence & Space Sign On For New Satellite Design. For the first time, it will enable users to request the performance and flexibility they need in terms of coverage, bandwidth, power and frequency. The satellites developed under the Quantum umbrella will be cheaper and …

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Jul 13 2015

67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko one month from perihelion

Rosetta: Preparing for Perihelion.

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Jun 26 2015

No…no conspiracy here….

It’s been almost two weeks since Philae woke up, but there’s been little news from Philae since it reconnected with ESA controllers. What gives? Here’s the latest from ESA: Confirmed contacts between Rosetta and Philae have been made on 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 23, and 24 June, but were intermittent during those contact periods. …

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Jun 14 2015

Philae is ALIVE!!

Philae is Alive! ESA Comet Lander Feared Dead Phones Home After 7 Months of Silence. ESA announced that on June 13, signals from the intrepid lander were received at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt at 22:28 CEST. On social media, the reaction was a mix of disbelief and elation. Philae’s first tweets on …

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May 08 2015

New window open to attempt to contact Philae

New bid to contact Europe’s comet probe. They’re going to try from today to 17 May to hear from Philae. It’s location on the surface of the dusty iceball has been narrowed down to an area of about 30 by 50 metres (98 by 164 feet). But Rosetta’s cameras have not yet spotted the probe, …

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May 03 2015

New ESA chief wants an outpost on the Moon

Europe’s Next Space Chief Wants a Moon Colony on the Lunar Far Side. He espouses scientific reasons for a far-side Lunar base, which means you’ll need at least one comms satellite in a Halo orbit at L2 first…not seeing that happen, at least for only scientific reasons. Here was the most interesting quote: NASA views …

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Apr 24 2015

Rosetta catches Chury venting off gas

Latest Rosetta images of Comet 67P/C-G. The venting is on the bottom of the comet in the image.

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Apr 15 2015

Still nothing from Philae

Scientists hold breath for comet lander to wake. They’re considering listening for it continuously from this point on, as May and June are the likely months it will wake up (if it ever does). I found this bit interesting: The Rosetta team said they have a far better idea by now of where Philae ended …

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Apr 06 2015

Rosetta mission imperiled over the weekend

Scary times for Europe’s comet-chaser Rosetta. They were circling Chury at about 8.5 miles (14 km) above the surface when Rosetta plowed through the comet’s tail and it experienced far more turbulence than they thought it would. The tail caused enough drag on Rosetta that it threw the spacecraft off course. To make matters worse, …

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Mar 31 2015

Not really the prime focus of this blog, but still

Wow! 8 Rocket Missions Launched in 6 Days Last Week. I’m more focused on New and Emerging Space industries (plus NASA planet exploration) here, but last week was a busy week for .gov launches: Date Event(s) 23 Mar USAF Minuteman III test launch 25 Mar ULA Delta IV launches GPS IIF-9 Japanese H-2A launches IGS …

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Mar 27 2015

Using nets to capture space debris

‘Space nets’ aim to capture threats to satellites and spacecraft. ESA has successfully tested a space net that deploys properly in zero-gravity to snare a satellite or large piece of space debris. ESA is looking to demonstrate an actual capture and deorbit of space debris with a 2021 mission.

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Mar 20 2015

Nitrogen detected on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Comet probe detects ‘most wanted molecule’: Nitrogen gas. This discovery adds to the thesis that comets like 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko did not play a significant part in the formation of Earth. The biggest news from the article, though, is that the Rosetta team calls 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko “Chury”, which works for me. I’ll still tag it by its official …

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