Spanish researchers at the University of La Rioja have come up with an improved way to safely obliterate satellites after their re-entry into the atmosphere.
The published paper, named “End-Of-Life Disposal of High Elliptical Orbit Missions: The Case of INTEGRAL” can be found here.
A new methodology for retiring satellites, developed by researchers at the University of La Rioja has proven to improve mission safety while lowering risks and costs, reports Phys.
The method involves the use of an ‘evolutionary algorithm’ that helped solve the quandary of a mathematical optimization problem involving several variables and objectives.
Objectives including [...]
In a surprising and refreshing change from the low-profile, unexciting tone of previous official statements by the European Space Agency (ESA), the new Director General ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Woerner stated that the Agency plans to return to the Moon and build a permanent outpost there. The habitat could be built on-site by a giant 3D printer using construction material available on the Moon.
In the eighties and nineties I worked for the European Space Agency (ESA). When I joined, I felt incredibly excited and proud to be a small part of the first wave of the greatest adventure of humankind – colonizing space. Then I found out that ESA is mostly a bureaucratic administration, and a recent RT interview with ESA’s Director General Jean Jacques Dordain confirms that impression.