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  • Slimming down solar cells
    on December 2, 2020 at 9:59 am

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  • ESA purchases world-first debris removal mission from start-up
    on December 1, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    ESA has signed an €86 million contract with an industrial team led by Swiss start-up ClearSpace SA to purchase a unique service: the first removal of an item of space debris from orbit.

  • Origami antenna springs up for small satellites
    on December 1, 2020 at 7:55 am

    A novel helical antenna that sprang from a container the size of a tuna can is now operational in orbit. Developed by Oxford Space Systems in partnership with ESA, this origami-inspired antenna is equal in length to the shoebox-sized satellite hosting it, part of a growing constellation of nanosatellites providing Internet of Things services around the globe.

  • 3D print your own Mars rover with ExoMy
    on November 30, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Europe’s Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover has a younger ’sibling’ – ExoMy. The blueprints and software for this mini-version of the full-size Mars explorer are available for free so that anyone can 3D print, assemble and program their own ExoMy.

  • British technology to turn Moon dust into oxygen
    on November 27, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    British engineers are fine-tuning a process that will be used to extract oxygen from lunar dust, leaving behind metal powders that could be 3D printed into construction materials for a Moon base.It could be an early step to establishing an extra-terrestrial oxygen extraction plant. This would help to enable exploration and sustain life on the Moon while avoiding the enormous cost of sending materials from Earth.

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