Testing times for Bridget

A Mars rover prototype designed by Astrium to advance new interplanetary exploration technology is being put through its paces in an environment that is as close as possible to that of the Red Planet – the Atacama Desert in Chile. Among the driest places on Earth, it lacks any vegetation and its reddish brown soil… Czytaj dalej Testing times for Bridget

Swarm : Why magnetism matters

Built by Astrium, the European Space Agency (ESA) Swarm mission will measure the Earth’s magnetic field with unprecedented levels of accuracy. The three Swarm satellites will fly in a triangular formation to build up a complete picture of the Earth’s magnetic field and how it’s changing. The satellites will study everything from the core to… Czytaj dalej Swarm : Why magnetism matters

Solar powered High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite successful test flight

Astrium has successfully completed the first flight of its long endurance Zephyr solar powered High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) since it acquired the assets of the Zephyr programme in March 2013 from QinetiQ in the UK. The flight of the Zephyr took place at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, USA, in August 2013. Astrium’s HAPS… Czytaj dalej Solar powered High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite successful test flight

Two studies awarded to Astrium

Astrium, Europe’s number-one space company, has been awarded two studies by the European Space Agency (ESA) to define how to evolve technologies used on the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) and the Columbus space laboratory for future space vehicles. The envisaged value of both studies is €13 million (€6.5 million per study).