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How an ESA Team Saved a Satellite From Disaster

How an ESA Team Saved a Satellite From Disaster

On 22 September, around midday, the ESA’s Integral spacecraft went into emergency Safe Mode. One of the spacecraft’s three active ‘reaction wheels’ had turned off without warning and stopped spinning, causing a ripple effect that meant the satellite itself began to rotate.

Service Module Delivered to NASA for Orion Moon Mission

Service Module Delivered to NASA for Orion Moon Mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced Wednesday that the second European Service Module (ESM-2) for NASA’s Orion spacecraft left the continent for the United States, its last trip on Earth before it carries astronauts to a lunar orbit.

Galileo Satellites Arrive at Europe’s Spaceport Ahead of Launch

Galileo Satellites Arrive at Europe’s Spaceport Ahead of Launch

Galileo is currently the world’s most precise satellite navigation system, or global positioning service (GPS), serving more than two billion users around the world. These two new satellites are the first of 12 comprising the third and last batch of Galileo First Generation satellites.

NASA Selects Rocket Lab to Launch New Solar Sail Technology

NASA Selects Rocket Lab to Launch New Solar Sail Technology

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will deploy an innovative satellite designed to test new deployable structures and materials technologies for solar sail propulsion systems, paving the way for sunlight to power future deep space exploration

Space Forge to Offer ‘Microgravity on Demand’ in 2022

Space Forge to Offer ‘Microgravity on Demand’ in 2022

A new round-trip commercial space transportation service due in 2022, backed by the ESA, will enable companies to manufacture in space very pure and more capable materials, discover new pharmaceutical drugs and bring them back for use on Earth.

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