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Sunday, Sept 25, 2016

European Space Agency (ESA)

Image - Set the Controls for the Verge of the Sun

Set the Controls for the Verge of the Sun

By converging in orbit, a pair of small satellites will open a new view on the source of the largest structure in the Solar System: the Sun’s ghostly atmosphere, extending millions of kilometres out into space. The two satellites together are called Proba-3, set for launch in late 2019. Through precise formation flying, one will cast a shadow across the second t...
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Image - European Space Agencies Inaugurate Altered-Gravity Aircraft

European Space Agencies Inaugurate Altered-Gravity Aircraft

ESA, France’s space agency CNES and the German aerospace centre DLR inaugurated the Airbus A310 ZERO-G refitted for altered gravity by running 12 scientific experiments this week. Repeatedly putting the aircraft on an up-and-down trajectory angled at up to 50° creates brief periods of weightlessness. During the climb and pulling out of the descent, the occ...
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