Most people, in particular, scientists and people merely in interested in space issues will undoubtedly remember the dramatic days of April 1970. Apollo 13 was the third mission with a moon landing and further investigation of t the surface as the primary goal, however, the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two […]
In the not too distant future the Norwegian Telenor Satellite Broadcasting will launch a new satellite in their Thor series of communication satellites at 1o West. Along with existing satellites, the satellite is going to ensure that Telenor is able to meet the growing demand of capacity in the European broadcast and broadband market.
In the past two decades, Sweden has gained notoriety for its extraordinary capacity to develop, build and manage smaller satellites, such as Freja, Astrid, Odin, SMART 1 and Prisma; satellite projects that have become indispensable in the scientific community.
Even years before the first satellite was launched, the community involved in space research and exploration had had their almost annual congress exchanging ideas, meeting colleagues, attract new contacts and get professional updates, or as the slogan for the organisation suggests; “Connecting space people”. Founded in 1951, the International Astronautical Federation is the world’s […]
Wednesday 6 August 2014 it happened, the comet on track towards the Sun and Rosetta launched ten years ago, met in space, and will now follow each other for more than a year onwards. This event was marked and fully celebrated at the European Space operation Centre in Darmstadt, Germany (ESOC) the 6 August. […]
Featured Picture: Pulsar encased in supernova bubble. Credit ESA ESA’s Cosmic Vision and the economic framework make up the main factors for Europe’s engagement within space science and lay the conditions for ESA’s selection for the next years of space science projects. The programme provides the main direction for the research, but how fast the […]
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Credit figure: Alexandre Szames, Antigravité, Paris Space rubbish and inactive and outdated (dead) satellites are an increasing threat for satellites in the most used altitudes. The only real way to prevent the accumulation of space debris is to wait for the time they will be caught up by the atmosphere and burn up. The […]
Generally speaking, it is a fair assumption that the sun is a blessing for Mother Earth and without this source of light and heat no life would have exited here. For most people there are few serious dangers when it comes to the sun, because through generations and increased solar research humans adjusted. Having said […]
Developing, building and launching satellites is only a small part of the job. Operating satellites in space is another, and most certainly not always a routine job. Not all satellites function perfectly during their expected life span; some have different lacks during launch, some are in a wrong orbit, some stop functioning before the end […]