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Graphene goes to space

Graphene goes to space
Graphene Flagship partners, Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Pisa and the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), launched a rocket into space from Kiruna, Sweden back in June. The experiment aims to test the possibilities of printing graphene inks in space. Studying the different self-assembly modes of graphene into functional patterns in zero-gravity will enable the fabrication of graphene electronic devices during long-term space missions, as well as help understand fundamental properties of graphene printing on Earth. 
9th October 2019

Top ten items that kids would take into space

Top ten items that kids would take into space
Space is filled with infinite discoveries waiting to be found, but new research from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has found home comforts would be hard to leave behind with more than a third (36%) of children saying they would most like to take their TV to space with them should they ever leave the planet.
3rd September 2019

Apollo 11: A future in space, thanks to our past

Apollo 11: A future in space, thanks to our past
A chorus of alarms serenaded the nervous astronauts as the Eagle lunar module descended toward the moon’s surface. The tension was palpable, and the shrill ringing only added to their worries.  Guest blog written by Ranjan Sikand, Wind River Intern.
27th August 2019


Hyperbolic mirrors for deep space observation

Hyperbolic mirrors for deep space observation
Optical Surfaces has developed a hyperbolic mirror for deep space observation. A hyperbolic mirror is the optical component of choice for precisely and accurately focusing light in a telescope from one focal point to the other focal point. Hyperbolic mirrors are used in a telescope design to correct certain distortions caused by an extremely fast f-ratio design.
22nd August 2019

AFRC makes move into space industry

AFRC makes move into space industry
The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is making its way into the space industry, working with Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) and TWI to bring the manufacture of space propellant tanks back to the UK. 
20th August 2019

Space-qualified multi-output LVDS hybrid oscillators

Space-qualified multi-output LVDS hybrid oscillators
Q-Tech has announced the availability of the QT6xxLW Multiple Output LVDS Series of space qualified crystal oscillators. These MIL-PRF-55310 oscillators are Type 1 Class 2 hybrids, delivering exceptional frequency and temperature stability for space satellite and other high-performance aerospace applications. Units in the series are available with from 1 to 12 LVDS differential output pairs at selected frequencies between 15 MHz to 200 MHz.
13th August 2019

Graphene project completes zero-gravity experiments

Graphene project completes zero-gravity experiments
On May 2019, the Graphene Flagship embarked on a campaign of zero-gravity parabolic flights to test novel thermal management graphene devices for space applications. The unique properties of graphene can significantly improve their performance. 
26th July 2019

Get the insider’s view on satellite technology today

Get the insider’s view on satellite technology today
The first US Weather Satellite weighed 270lbs. That made most people associate the word “satellite” with either a moon, a sputnik, or a modern rig with rocket motors, solar panels, and antennae. Is that still the case? Guest blog written by Andreea Volusincu, Wind River.
15th July 2019

Ceramic hermetic DDR2 memory available for space

Ceramic hermetic DDR2 memory available for space
Data Device Corporation (DDC) has introduced what is believed to be the first CCGA Rad-Hard DDR2 SDRAM for space applications, the latest addition to DDC's wide range of high density space grade ceramic hermetic memories, spanning Flash (NAND/NOR), SDRAM, SRAM and EEPROM solutions.
25th June 2019

ExoMars rover science laboratory fitted

The ExoMars rover’s Analytical Laboratory Drawer (ALD) was integrated into the rover at Airbus, Stevenage, UK in May 2019. The video is shown at 18 times real speed; in reality the sequence of events took around 11.5 minutes.
29th May 2019


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