Space Tech Expo Europe – the Meeting Place for Suppliers of Very Small Units All instruments, satellites included, that have been sent to space consist of a very large number of small units, developed and manufactured by specialized companies worldwide. The last week of October, some of these companies, mainly European, participated in the […]
For the first time, the space industry held their annual gathering in Europe. Space Tech Europe gathered most of the most important space industries in Europe and throughout the evening it became evident what the newest trend within the community is; cheaper and environmental friendly Space technology. New Launcher Family Large parts of a […]
The Norwegian based company Norsk Titanium AS (NTi) has developed a plasma-arc-based direct metal deposit technology that can produce aerospace-grade parts from titanium wire. Complicated engine constructions for airplanes and space applications are mostly cut from large blocks of metal, a slow and demanding material, not to mention an expensive method, however, 3D printing of […]
Sounding rockets and satellites have almost constantly been launched with launchers driven by solid or liquid motors, or in combination. A third alternative has always existed, but has not been used to any appreciable extent – the hybrid engine. As the name indicates, it is a combination of the two first types.
The two recent tragic and mysterious catastrophes that hit Malaysia Airlines have generated support for airline tracking services. Through the history of aircrafts, the different aircrafts have been monitored and managed from dedicated management systems on the ground, and much of the flight history is secured through the so- called “Black Box” onboard. The […]
Many of the communication satellites in orbit are still in perfect condition, but are about to run out of fuel. Very costly, but there’s nothing one can do about it – until now. If a rescue mission proposal from a European industrial group proves a success, the satellites’ lifespan may be prolonged to the time the technology is out of date.
Space activities still greatly influence global economy, much based on the space as unsurpassable basis for business areas like communication, navigation, earth observation and others.
– Canada’s ticket to the Space Shuttle and ISS
The scientists and users set the wishes and demands for a satellite like Metop, but it is only the industrial community that can concretise these wishes into an operational satellite. No company alone has the knowledge required, and to gather all information into one piece is an enormous puzzle for the organisations.
When ESA gave the green light for further development of the Vinci engine last autumn, they also gave the go-ahead for further development of the turbines the Swedish company Volvo Aero is responsible for, and the work is now evolved around engine testing.