Milestone in Electra program reached – SES, OHB and ESA agreement signed !

On 11 March 2016 in SES in Luxembourg agreement between SES, OHB and ESA was signed. It seems that program of developing new European telecommunication satellite with electric propulsion is reaching the positive end. Electra program was established in 2013 as initiative of European Space Agency under ARTES-33 plan for supporting innovative solutions by ESA cooperation with chosen […]

Mars InSight with green light from NASA !

After multiple problems in the end of 2015 and with increasing probability of halting NASA participation in program on 2016, we have NASA final voice in discussion. InSight will start its mission in 2018 in first possible launch window. InSight (Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport) was one of fundamental Mars research missions, example […]

Methane not magic – Merlin mini research satellite under French-German cooperation

Restrictions of Kyoto Protocol are not only referring to carbon dioxide but also to methane. But in case of this gas, cars and industry are not main problem – source of methane are livestock farming and usage of fossil fuels. One of biggest issues with methane is fact that its effect on global warming is […]

InSight after problems on December 2015 is put into question

Problems with leakage in SEIS seismometer which is one of crucial onboard instruments on InSight Mars lander could threat all program. Problems started on November 2015 when first leakage was spotted, but CNES specialists managed to repair it and keep the schedule. Unfortunately on 21 December 2015, when during test of SEIS performed by French scientist […]

InSight Mars mission delayed to next launch window – until 2018 !

Main research instrument failure holds InSight Mars mission for about two years to next launch window. NASA announced about postponing launching of Mars InSight lander to 2018. During extreme cold temperatures tests on Monday, 21 December 2015, one of main instruments – SEIS seismometer – failed to keep vacuum which is necessary for seismometer to operate. It […]