The Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, has finally inked a much discussed agreement with the European Space Agency, making good on Russia’s 2012 promise to strengthen its industrial base and take over more of the global space market.
Announced in mid March, the agreement includes Canada on its governing council and picks up where NASA left off on the ExoMars mission.
The European Space Agency plans to add to its arsenal of space-debris-fighting technology and help boost Europe’s industrial expertise at the same time.
The ESA, whose governing council is comprised of 19 European member states as well as Canada, recently announced that it has signed a contract worth four million Euros with France’s national aerospace research centre to design a test radar system that will demonstrate new ways to look for space debris. Read more.
Making money in the commercial space industry isn’t new, and it isn’t just about building new spaceships and asteroid mining. It can be about discovering new and better ways to use technologies developed for space. Read more.
Got your coffee or hot chocolate with just the right amount of creamy foam, with the perfect level fluffiness? By the time you get settled back at your office or home, that foam is probably not quite…right. The problem? That would be gravity, pulling on the bubbles, tearing the foam apart. In the weightlessness of microgravity, however, researchers have found that the bubbles remain evenly spread and stable. And that means that, yes, you might get a better latte in space.
The world’s Earth observation operations are facing tough times. Earlier this year, a group of U.S. scientists warned that many of the nation’s Earth-observing satellites were growing so old that, unless budget plans are stepped up to replace them, there might be only a quarter of them left by the end of this decade.