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One lightweight motor drive takes one big leap into space

One lightweight motor drive takes one big leap into space
It takes a year for the Earth to revolve around the Sun, and without that Sun there would be no Earth or us. The Sun plays a vital role in our existence and yet we know so little about it, until now. In 2018 ESA is sending a Solar Orbiter into space which will be equipped with a thick heat shield.
19th July 2017

One small step for man, one giant leap for RF modules

One small step for man, one giant leap for RF modules
Developer of Radio-Frequency (RF)-based ultra-miniature wireless modules for integration into microchips, Insight SiP, has announced that its RF ISP130301 module went into space as a key component of the BodyCap e-Tact wearable device used by the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of its health monitoring programme.
19th July 2017

Algorithm helps protect Mars Curiosity's wheels

Algorithm helps protect Mars Curiosity's wheels
  There are no mechanics on Mars, so the next best thing for NASA's Curiosity rover is careful driving. A new algorithm is helping the rover do just that. The software, referred to as traction control, adjusts the speed of Curiosity's wheels depending on the rocks it's climbing.
13th July 2017


Thrusters that self-assemble from fuel hold promise for small spacecraft

Thrusters that self-assemble from fuel hold promise for small spacecraft
  University of Michigan researchers have developed a concept for ferrofluid-based propulsion. As the trend for miniaturisation of electronic technology continues, more spacecraft and satellites are becoming smaller, with typical sizes reducing from about that of a fridge or small car to approaching a shoebox or even a smartphone.
13th July 2017

Technique elucidates formation of extraterrestrial ice

Technique elucidates formation of extraterrestrial ice
Stanford researchers have for the first time captured the freezing of water, molecule-by-molecule, into a strange, dense form called ice VII (“ice seven”), found naturally in otherworldly environments, such as when icy planetary bodies collide. In addition to helping scientists better understand those remote worlds, the findings – published in Physical Review Letters – could reveal how water and other substances undergo transitions from liquids to solids.
13th July 2017

Journey to Mars: pipetting and cell isolation in space

Journey to Mars: pipetting and cell isolation in space
Just like early explorers, NASA Twins Study investigators are venturing into new territory. Conducting human omics research on twin astronauts as part of the One Year Mission that took place aboard the International Space Station is one such venture. As technology evolves so does the research. NASA is evaluating more efficient and innovative research techniques to prepare for the journey to Mars.
12th July 2017

Tackling issues in space engineering

Tackling issues in space engineering
  Aerospace gearing specialist, Harmonic Drive UK, will address the issue of gear lubrication in the space industry during a presentation at this year’s European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium (ESMATS) at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield from 20-22nd September. The session will present the findings of the company’s research into dry lubrication.
10th July 2017

Practical steps for a manned mission to Mars

Practical steps for a manned mission to Mars
NASA hopes to send a manned mission to Mars in the mid-2030s. On a planet where temperatures can fall to -125ºC generating energy presents a key challenge and new techniques are about to be tested. The best equipment needs the people to use it, so resilience experiments are also under way. To tackle the challenge of energy generation, NASA will test two-meter high reactors, developed as part of the ‘Kilopower’ project, in the Nevada desert in September.
7th July 2017

NASA's spacecraft to fly over Jupiter's great red spot

NASA's spacecraft to fly over Jupiter's great red spot
  Only days after celebrating its first anniversary in Jupiter orbit, NASA's Juno spacecraft will fly directly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the gas giant's iconic, 10,000m wide (16,000km wide) storm. This will be humanity's first up-close and personal view of the gigantic feature - a storm monitored since 1830 and possibly existing for more than 350 years.
6th July 2017

Asteroid deflection technique could prevent Earth impact

Asteroid deflection technique could prevent Earth impact
NASA has moved forward with a plan to develop a refrigerator-sized spacecraft capable of deflecting asteroids and preventing them from colliding with Earth. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, is being designed and would be built and managed by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. NASA approved a move from concept development to the preliminary design phase on June 23.
4th July 2017


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DSEI 2017
12th September 2017
United Kingdom ExCeL, London