Irradiating an iPhone

Space is a vacuum but it is far from empty, racked with charged particles from the Sun and sources in deep space. Components for space missions therefore have to be tested against radiation at facilities such as ESA’s Cobalt-60 facility at its technical centre, ESTEC, in the Netherlands. So what happens when we test standard issue smartphones against its beam of gamma rays?

On 12-16 November 2018 ESTEC hosts SERESSA, the 14th international School on the Effects of Radiation on Embedded Systems for Space Applications, training engineers on radiation effects on all kinds of embedded systems from space and avionics systems, as well as for critical applications operating at ground level such as automotive, medical or even banking.

Noordwijk shake

ESA’s Test Centre based in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, simulates every aspect of space for satellite testing – including recreating the equivalent vibration of a rocket launch. This is ESA’s most powerful shaker: the Hydra hydraulic shaker, able to generate vibration equivalent to a 7.5 Richter scale  earthquake.

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Earth from Space: North Sea bloom

After a nice summer break, Earth from Space is back and is taking us over the North Sea with the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite and a new host.

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ESA Open Day, ESTEC, 2018

The date is fixed: you are invited to the annual ESA Open Day at ESTEC, ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, on Sunday, 7 October.

The theme this year is ‘A voyage through space with Europe’. We’ll have all ESA establishments represented on site, either with speakers giving talks or live link-ups to the different centres. You’ll be able to meet astronauts, scientists and engineers, plus some special guests. You’ll see how we design space missions, how we develop the technologies needed to go into space and how we simulate space on the ground. With the help of our colleagues from the other ESA centres, we’ll complete the life-cycle of a mission and see how it is launched and controlled once in space!

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From the Iran nuclear deal to drones: what’s coming up in Strasbourg

The prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, comes to Parliament to talk about Europe’s future, while members discuss the Iran nuclear deal, financial assistance for Ukraine, new rules on unmanned aircraft, and reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles.

50 years of ESTEC

On 3 April 1968, the new European Space Technology and Research Centre, ESTEC, was inaugurated by HRHs Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands.

In the decades since that day, ESTEC has grown into ESA’s largest establishment, and the technical and organisational hub of Europe’s space sector.

Enjoy the story of ESTEC in this video – and try to imagine what the next 50 years might bring!

Earth from Space: Netherlands ice

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web TV virtual studios. Sentinel-2 treats us to a view of rare ice in the Netherlands in this week’s edition.

See also http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/03/Netherlands_ice to download the image.