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Astronautics

The day Philae landed

In November 2014, the whole world was watching the historic attempt by Europe to land on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

June 2015
European laboratory in the sky

OPS-SAT – Europe’s tiny, flying lab – is only 30 cm high but will carry a cutting-edge computer packing ten times more punch than any current ESA spacecraft.

June 2015
Training space tourists to fly to the ISS

Space tourism is a new, exciting, and rapidly expanding development in manned space flight.

June 2015
The discovery of Beagle 2

On Christmas Day 2003, Europe waited for news of their first landing on Mars.

June 2015

Space Environment

Establishing an ecological ethical paradigm for space activity

Space activity began in the late 1950s as a means of promoting the ideologies of two superpowers: America and the Soviet Union.

June 2015
Taking a new world view

Most eyes are focused on the re-useable rockets of the space tourism industry to carry small research payloads into sub-orbital space.

June 2015
Secular stagnation and space: a way beyond our current economic plateau

Secular stagnation: a condition of negligible or no economic growth in a market based economy. Unfortunately, this is the current state of affairs of our global system.

June 2015
Innovation at escape velocity

Space exploration has both driven and been driven by innovation from its earliest days.

June 2015

Space Security

Watching over alpine explorers

Hundreds of people die in Alpine accidents every year. Rescue attempts are often hampered by the lack of reliable communications in such remote regions.

June 2015
Finding asteroids before they find us

The threat of an asteroid impacting Earth may still sound like the far-fetched plot line from a Hollywood blockbuster but nothing could be further from the truth.

June 2015
Supplanting the state: rewards and risks

Commercial companies bring innovation and disruption to space exploration and satcom technologies. Yet if satellites aren’t hardened against attack, the risks are too severe. Hackers from North Korea and Russia proved as much

March 2015
Russia and safe space initiatives

The state of relations between the West and Russia is currently abysmal. In light of that, the Russian government wishes to apply the lessons of the Cold War to avoid an arms race between major powers in space - via a new resolution to the UN

March 2015

Spare room

Bringing technology down to earth

The Swedish Down to Earth initiative was launched in 2009 to increase the rate at which space technologies and knowledge are commercialised.

June 2015
Astronauts having a laugh

Space humour, like space itself, is a boundless subject. Professional people tend to value humour greatly, especially those who carry out dangerous missions. There’s nothing like a well-timed, witty remark to ease the tension…

June 2015
Hubble’s 25th Anniversary

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in space for 25 years. To celebrate this landmark of science, here are five of its top images as listed on The Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre website.

June 2015
Preventing pilot spatial disorientation

Flying is both a science and an art, requiring the pilot to process information quickly and correctly from both instruments and the world outside the cockpit.

June 2015