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How to Dock CubeSats

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The ability to autonomously rendezvous and dock CubeSats could enable in-orbit assembly of larger structures that simply would not be possible in any other way. (Credit: EPFL/Jamani Caillet)

The ability to autonomously rendezvous and dock CubeSats could enable in-orbit assembly of larger structures that simply would not be possible in any other way. (Credit: EPFL/Jamani Caillet)

PARIS (ESA PR) — The miniature satellites known as CubeSats already play a variety of roles in space. In future they could also serve as the building blocks of other, larger missions by being docked together in orbit.

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ESA Wants to Hear From Its Citizens

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Credit: ESA

Credit: ESA

ATTENTION:
SELECTED PEOPLES OF EUROPE

Do you live in the European Space Agency (Esa) member state?*
Do you like space?
Do you have strong opinions about space?

Then Uncle Esa wants you!**

PARIS (EU PR) — Do you want the opportunity to have your say in suggesting priorities in European space programmes?

Well, now you have the chance, because on 10 September 2016, over 2000 citizens from 22 European countries will participate in the first ever Citizens’ Debate on Space for Europe. Never before has the future of space activities been addressed in such an event held across so many countries.

In the course of the day, if you’re lucky enough to be selected, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, debate and participate in suggesting priorities on all aspects of current and future European space programmes.

This consultation on an unprecedented scale will take place simultaneously in all 22 ESA Member States, with around 100 people from each country gathered at various locations. The results of the consultation will be collated – as early as 48 hours after the debate takes place – and communicated to ESA.

ESA Director General Jan Woerner emphasised his commitment to ESA further engaging in a dialogue with European citizens and said, “Spaceflight, space science, exploration, Earth observation, telecommunication, satellite navigation, space technology and innovation can all help respond to societal challenges and be a source of inspiration to future generations. European citizens can help us better assess our priorities.”

You only have until 28 August to sign up, so check our website and join the debate!

* Offer not valid in ESA associate and cooperating states. Check www.esa.int for the status of your country.
** If you’re lucky enough to be selected. Participation numerically limited.

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ESA Targets Active Tracking of Astronaut Radiation Exposure

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ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: ESA/NASA)

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: ESA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — Radiation is an invisible hazard of spaceflight, but a new monitoring system for ESA astronauts gives a realtime snapshot of their exposure. The results will guide researchers preparing for deep-space missions to come.

A key element of the new system launched to orbit on last month’s Falcon 9 launch to the International Space Station, ensuring it is in place for ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s November mission to the Station.

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Links to Parabolic Arc’s Coverage of Small Satellite 2016 Conference

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SkyFire’s new infrared technology will help NASA enhance its knowledge of the lunar surface. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

SkyFire’s new infrared technology will help NASA enhance its knowledge of the lunar surface. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

The Small Satellite 2016 Conference is now over. Below are links to Parabolic Arc’s coverage of the conference and the CubeSat Workshop that preceded it last weekend. There are also links to announcements made during the conference and in recent weeks.

Small Satellite Conference Coverage

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Smallsat 2016: Updates on European Programs

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clyde_spaceThere were updates given during the past week at the Small Satellite Conference and the CubeSat Workshop on European activities. Clyde Space provided an overview of the planned Outernet constellation. Nammo Raufoss provided an update on its nanosat launcher. European Space Agency (ESA)  officials also discussed the agency’s smallsat activities.

Below are summaries of those presentations from Tweets by Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust), David Hurst (‏@OrbitalDave) and RITSpaceExploration (‏@RITSPEX).

Enjoy!
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ESA Euronews: Canada’s Robot Masters

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Video Caption: Robots are an essential companion to mankind in space, and many of the modern-day masters of these robots are to be found in Montreal, home to the Canadian Space Agency.

Euronews Space has unique access to the team, among them operations engineer Mathieu Caron, who can steer the Canadarm 2 directly from his control room, or instruct astronauts piloting it in space.

This video is available in the following languages:

English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VizQJ…
German https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ES9…
French https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA110…
Italian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NGg1…
spanish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzGZH…
Portuguese https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeFFC…
Hungarian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKjQh…
Greek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUqP2…

New ESA Lab Focuses on Advanced Manufacturing & Materials

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The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space. (Credit: STFC–S. Kill)

The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space. (Credit: STFC–S. Kill)

HARWELL, UK (ESA PR) — ESA’s latest technical laboratory, inaugurated by Director General Jan Woerner, will help to understand the capabilities of 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing techniques for future space missions.

The Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory is at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Harwell, Oxfordshire, directly adjacent to ESA’s UK facility.

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Commission Approves Airbus Safran Launchers Acquisition of Arianespace

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Ariane 6 variants (Credit: Airbus Defense and Space)

Ariane 6 variants (Credit: Airbus Defense and Space)

BRUSSELS (EU PR) — Following an in-depth review, the European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Arianespace by Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), a joint venture between Airbus and Safran. This approval is subject to conditions.

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Cyprus Signs ESA Cooperating State Agreement

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ESA logoNICOSIA, Cyprus (ESA PR) — Cyprus became the 11th country to sign the European Cooperating State Agreement, strengthening its relations with ESA.

The Permanent Secretary of the Cypriot Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, Alecos Michaelides, and ESA Head of External Relations Department, Frederic Nordlund, signed the agreement in an official ceremony in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 6 July 2016.

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Reaction Engines Signs ESA Contract

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Skylon concept (Credit: Reaction Engines)

Skylon concept (Credit: Reaction Engines)

FARNBOROUGH, UK (Reaction Engines PR) — Reaction Engines Ltd., today announces the signing of a €10m European Space Agency (ESA) contract which will enable the development of a ground based demonstrator of SABRE™, a new class of aerospace engine which is highly scalable with multiple potential applications in hypersonic travel and space access.

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Getting to Upmass: A Dragon’s Tale

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A Station that Needs Everything
A Scrappy Startup Contracted to Ship 35.4 Metric Tons of It
Ought to be Easy Enough, Right?

SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

By Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The International Space Station (ISS) is not exactly a self-sufficient outpost. The station’s occupants can’t jump into a Soyuz and pop over to an orbiting Wal-Mart when they run out of food, water or toothpaste. Everything the six astronauts need to survive — save for the random plastic wrench or replacement part they can now 3-D print — must be shipped up from the majestic blue planet 400 km below them.

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Slovenia Signs Association Agreement With ESA

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ESA logoPARIS (ESA PR) — Slovenia signed an Association Agreement with ESA on 5 July 2016.

This agreement will allow direct Slovenian participation in ESA optional programmes, with Slovenian delegates attending relevant ESA subordinate bodies. Dedicated access to agency facilities and services will be provided to Slovenia’s national space projects

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Rosetta Finale Set for September 30

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Rosetta mission selfie at 16 km (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA)

Rosetta mission selfie at 16 km (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September.

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Orion Service Module Completes Critical Design Review

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A test version of the Orion service module as been undergoing acoustic and vibration testing at NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. z(Credits: NASA)

A test version of the Orion service module as been undergoing acoustic and vibration testing at NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. z(Credits: NASA)

NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) conducted a critical design review (CDR) culminating in a final review board June 16 for Orion’s European-built service module. The service module is an essential part of the spacecraft that will power, propel, and cool Orion in deep space as well as provide air and water for crew members. The CDR rounds out the latest in a series of reviews for the three human exploration systems development programs that will enable the journey to Mars.

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What Will Brexit Do to UK’s Space Program?

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UK_space_agencyIt looks like the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union (EU). If Parliament agrees. And the next Prime Minister — who won’t take office until October — respects the vote of  the people last week. And the UK doesn’t have another vote that reverses the decision.

Of course, not all of the United Kingdom might leave. Scotland is talking about having another vote on independence and applying to join the EU as a separate nation. And there is also a movement to united Northern Ireland with Ireland, which is an EU member and does not seem inclined to leave anytime soon.

The departure — which will take at least two years — will not affect the UK’s membership in the European Space Agency (ESA), which is separate from the EU. An independent Scotland would have to join both the EU and ESA. It’s not clear how complex those processes would be at this time.

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