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  • Additive Manufacturing – making the impossible possible with 3D printing

    Additive Manufacturing (AM) can be considered one of the most disruptive emerging technologies, its radical approach being one of the driving forces of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’. An Innovative aerospace supplier, SWISSto12, has developed under ESA’s ARTES Advanced Technology programme a patented technology based on AM to produce key satellite components – opening a new world of solutions for radio frequency applications.

  • Personalised app for safe sunbathing wins support

    A mobile phone app that uses space tech to identify the healthiest way to sunbathe has won the industrial approval of BASF, a giant chemical company that makes the ingredients for sunscreen and many other products.

  • How satellites can improve the health of city dwellers

    Most people get a health boost from exercise. But for those with heart disease or a lung condition such as asthma, exercising during periods of high urban air pollution can exacerbate rather than improve their condition.

  • Announcement of Opportunity for Electra

    ESA has released an Announcement of Opportunity for Electra, with a deadline of 28 June for expressions of interest.

  • Keeping Satcom Safe – Anti-jamming Solution for Antennas

    Thales Alenia Space with the support of ESA has successfully developed anti-jamming antenna capabilities for reflector-type antennas – whose appeal is set to generate great interest on the commercial market.

  • Micro-Cameras and Space Exploration to join Pioneer-IODA Project

    Space cameras to monitor the deployment of satellites and check the health of spacecraft will be developed under the Pioneer-IODA project by Micro-Cameras and Space Exploration based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

  • Reprogrammable satellite takes shape

    The payload and platform of the first European satellite that can be completely reprogrammed after launch have been successfully joined together.

  • Very High Throughput Satellite ready to pump heat

    Thales Alenia Space has delivered the first Spacebus Neo payload module structure, including the first ever Mechanically Pumped Loop (MPL) to be mounted on a telecommunication satellite designed for 15 years of in-orbit service. It will be flown on the SES-17 satellite that is due to start service operations in 2021.

  • Improved broadband connectivity from MEO satellites is on the horizon

    The trend towards MEO (Medium Earth Orbit) satellites is gaining momentum with further growth in the segment very likely. This shift has created a need for enhanced modems to better match the characteristics of this orbit.  

  • Maritime microsatellite ESAIL to test the waters as launch contract is signed

    The first commercial microsatellite developed under ESA’s SAT‐AIS programme for tracking ships, called ESAIL, has passed another milestone. On 9 May its Canadian operator exactEarth signed the launch service agreement with Arianespace.