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Old 06-24-2019, 12:07 PM   #166
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‘Flow forming’ shapes a metal in a single step and is being trialed to create rocket cylinders that are much cheaper and quicker to make.
Ten 3 m-diameter integrally stiffened cylinders – a size representative for launch vehicles like Vega and Ariane – have recently been produced in a project jointly funded by ESA’s Future Launchers Preparatory Programme (FLPP) and NASA Langley Research Center.
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Sp...cket_cylinders
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:59 AM   #167
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Portugal is developing the infrastructure for a national spaceport on one of the islands of the Azores archipelago, Santa Maria, a European launch and landing location for small satellites.
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Sp...unch_programme
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Old 06-27-2019, 01:50 PM   #168
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More so, somewhat secretly until this week:

https://www.retalt.eu/

Not a ESA project - but if you look at the involved partners of the project, you might notice some similarities...

(Also RGClark might get a bit excited since the press release also shows a European SSTO...)

PS: And I should apply there for proof-reading the press releases. :D

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Old 06-27-2019, 02:26 PM   #169
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Its all a bit short on details to me. Do you think Santa Maria island is linked to this?
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Old 06-27-2019, 02:31 PM   #170
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 Its all a bit short on details to me. Do you think Santa Maria island is linked to this?

Very likely, since the Callisto project also aims at using it. And yes, it is pretty early in the project, kickoff was in March 2019, but it has EU funding now.
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 More so, somewhat secretly until this week:

https://www.retalt.eu/

Not a ESA project - but if you look at the involved partners of the project, you might notice some similarities...

(Also RGClark might get a bit excited since the press release also shows a European SSTO...)

PS: And I should apply there for proof-reading the press releases. :D


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Old 07-18-2019, 12:20 PM   #172
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Mission planners at NASA and ESA’s Operations Centre (ESOC) have spent months debating the pros and cons of different orbits, and have now decided on the path of the lunar Gateway.

Gateway with Orion over Moon
Like the International Space Station, the Gateway will be a permanent and changeable human outpost. Instead of circling our planet however, it will orbit the Moon, acting as a base for astronauts and robots exploring the lunar surface.
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Mission planners at NASA and ESA’s Operations Centre (ESOC) have spent months debating the pros and cons of different orbits, and have now decided on the path of the lunar Gateway.

Gateway with Orion over Moon
Like the International Space Station, the Gateway will be a permanent and changeable human outpost. Instead of circling our planet however, it will orbit the Moon, acting as a base for astronauts and robots exploring the lunar surface.
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A satellite network that can zoom in on ships at sea and check for oil spills in almost real time has demonstrated its capabilities at a high-level international event in Brussels.
The demonstration of the capabilities of the European Data Relay System (EDRS) was made to delegates at the headquarters of the European External Action Service on 10 July.
Dubbed the “SpaceDataHighway” by its private operator Airbus, EDRS enables Earth-observation satellites to deliver their information to users on the ground in near real-time, accelerating response to emergency situations and spurring the development of new services and products.
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Deep Space Antenna 1 is ESA’s first 35-m deep dish, staring out to space to communicate with missions far from home.
Located 140 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia, close to the village of New Norcia, this giant antenna is in the perfect spot to observe the skies.
“The Wadjarri people from the Murchison region refer to much of the milky way as the emu, as it resembles an emu stretched across the sky,” says Suzy Jackson, Maintenance & Operations Manager for the ground station.
http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Ima..._we_looking_at

http://estracknow.esa.int/#/2019-08

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Your phone or satnav receiver routinely picks up signals from navigation satellites in order to tell you precisely where you are. But have you ever thought what happens to those satnav signals afterwards? A foresighted ESA inventor had the idea of using them as a tool for observing the Earth.
There are currently more than 120 satellite navigation satellites in orbit, making up multiple constellations including Europe’s Galileo system, sending down a continuous rain of satnav signals for the benefit of users worldwide. Just like visible light, these microwave signals go on to reflect off Earth’s land and sea surfaces.
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Sp...nvented_at_ESA
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:40 PM   #177
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Oxygen and metal from lunar regolith
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A full-scale model of ESA’s ExoMars rover that is due to travel to the red planet in 2020 has gone on display at the Design Museum in London.
The rover is named after British chemist and DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin and the model version forms part of the museum’s “Moving to Mars” exhibition, which invites visitors to consider the design challenges of travelling to and living on another planet.
http://www.esa.int/ESA_in_your_count...seum_in_London
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ESA’s new ‘Farmageddon’ collection with Shaun the Sheep
Never thought I'd see Aardman Animation with ESA!

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How we heat-proofed ESA’s Mercury mission

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