Image: Suitcase-sized asteroid explorer

This replica model of ESA's 'Miniaturised Asteroid Remote Geophysical Observer', or M-Argo, was on display at the Agency's recent Antennas workshop. It is the one of numerous small missions planned as part of ESA's Technology ...

Public website to track ESA spacecraft

Launching spacecraft into orbit around Earth and on voyages through the solar system relies on a network of antennas and ground stations across the globe.

Hera's CubeSat to perform first radar probe of an asteroid

Small enough to be an aircraft carry-on, the Juventas spacecraft nevertheless has big mission goals. Once in orbit around its target body, Juventas will unfurl an antenna larger than itself, to perform the very first subsurface ...

Doing up the deep dish

ESA's 35-metre radio antenna in Malarg├╝e, Argentina, has had a major refurbishment. Extenstive modifications made will now allow the ESTRACK network to support future missions like Euclid, launching in 2022, and to transfer ...

Self-driving spacecraft set for planetary defence expedition

Engineers designing ESA's Hera planetary defence mission to the Didymos asteroid pair are developing advanced technology to let the spacecraft steer itself through space, taking a similar approach to self-driving cars.

Beyond Mars, the mini MarCO spacecraft fall silent

Before the pair of briefcase-sized spacecraft known collectively as MarCO launched last year, their success was measured by survival: If they were able to operate in deep space at all, they would be pushing the limits of ...

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