Airbus Defence and Space has unveiled its concept for a reusable first stage launch vehicle to compete with SpaceX's reusable space launch system. The ADvanced Expendable Launcher with INnovative engine Economy (Adeline) would preserve the main engines and avionics of the company's next generation Ariane 6 and other launch vehicles, for use in later missions.
SpaceX has released stunning footage from a GoPro camera tumbling back to Earth following a recent Falcon 9 launch. The device, fitted in a section of composite fairing that separated from the launch vehicle soon after lift-off, recorded breathtaking views of our planet.
ESA's mission to
mitigate the environmental impacts on low-Earth orbit from mankind's
relentless march into space has entered a new phase, ahead of its
make-or-break review before the ESA's Council of Ministers in
December 2016. The e.Deorbit program would launch multiple
debris-seeking probes into orbit each year, tasked with the removal of
defunct satellites and other potentially hazardous man-made objects
from low-Earth orbit.
NASA astronaut Terry Virts, aboard the International Space Station (ISS), and ESA telerobotics specialist André Schiele, in the Netherlands, made space history this week with the first telerobotic "handshake" between space and Earth. Using special force feedback joysticks that acquire force data and create the sensation of pressure, Virts and Schiele brought the agencies closer to allowing astronauts in remote locations to naturally and safely control robotic devices and perform potentially dangerous or otherwise impossible tasks.
NASA has marked half a century of spacewalks by rolling out a catalog of breathtaking photos taken across decades of extravehicular activity. June 3 marks 50 years to the day that Edward H. White II stepped out into the emptiness of space in 1965, blazing a trail for generations of NASA astronauts to follow.
Pluto and its largest satellite Charon are an odd pair. The relative size of the Charon means the two act as a double planet system, orbiting a center of gravity located between them in space. A study of data gathered by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has now found that this interaction is having an odd effect on Pluto's smaller moons, causing them to tumble unpredictably with no apparent method to their madness.
Around seven months after the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe made history by deploying its Philae lander onto the surface 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, an expansive catalogue of images has been released providing an up-close look at the comet's rugged landscape. The photos were snapped by Rosetta's NavCam between September and November last year, as the spacecraft came as close as 8 km from the surface.
May 31 saw NASA's
Cassini spacecraft make its last close up pass with Saturn's moon
Hyperion. The moon has a fascinating, almost spongy appearance due to
the fact that its surface is actually less dense than
A team of researchers
from MIT and Aarhus University, Denmark, have discovered that
Earth-sized exoplanets orbit their parent stars in the same way that
our planet orbits our own Sun – maintaining a roughly equidistant
circular orbit. The discovery further narrows the characteristics of
worlds that could potentially play host to extraterrestrial life.