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Need to retrieve a few tonnes of cargo from Mars? Send some seriously heavy gear into deep space? Fly out sufficient mass to deflect an asteroid? Current spacecraft would not be nearly big or powerful enough, say EU-funded researchers who have looked into a possible next-generation design based on nuclear electric propulsion.
Published: 14 May 2018
Published: 7 May 2018
The preparations for the Square Kilometre Array are advancing: construction is due to begin in 2020. An EU-funded project team working on infrastructure was one of several groups involved in the detailed design of this instrument, which will be co-located on two continents. In Australia, 133 000 antennas are to be deployed - and that's just for starters.
Published: 19 March 2018
European universities are being encouraged through an EU-funded initiative to set up platforms to boost innovation and co-creation around the use of geo-data and other space-based applications. Their uses range from satellite navigation, geo-mapping and renewable energy to agriculture planning and other areas.
Published: 9 November 2017
Much of the material composing the cosmos is dark matter, a strange substance we can't see or touch. So how do we know it's there? Actually, we don't, but scientists largely agree that it must be, inferring its presence from gravitational effects observed in space. An EU-funded project is analysing cosmic rays in a bid to find further clues.
Published: 22 December 2016
Published: 24 October 2016
If we ever want to put down roots beyond our home planet, we will need a way to grow food out there. Pre-packaged meals will only get us so far. The EDEN ISS project has set out on a four-year mission dedicated to plant cultivation on the International Space Station. Its work could help to remove one of the barriers standing between us and thriving colonies on Mars.
Published: 2 February 2016