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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
Small, student-built satellites have launched from the International Space Station, marking a crucial milestone for an EU-funded project aimed at unlocking the mysteries of a largely unexplored layer of the Earth's atmosphere. The launch of the network will position Europe as a key player in micro-satellite technology.
Published: 18 April 2017
By making the most of Distributed Modular Electronics in next-generation avionics, researchers with the EU-funded ASHLEY project are establishing Europe's position as a global leader in aviation innovation.
Published: 24 March 2017
Scientists fear that even before one of the last frontiers of exploration, the ocean deep, has been properly studied it will already have been exploited by commercial deep-sea mining looking for rare metal and minerals on the ocean floor, leaving its unique ecosystems badly damaged.
Published: 26 January 2017
Published: 13 October 2016
Published: 12 October 2016
The world's most powerful particle collider is soon to become even more powerful: a massive overhaul is expected to increase the luminosity of the Large Hadron Collider by a factor of 10. An EU-funded design study has shaped key innovations that will underpin the new configuration planned for 2026, which include new magnets and transmission lines.
Published: 14 September 2016
Rigorous wind tunnel tests have shown that a new flexible deformable aircraft wing concept developed by EU-funded researchers can increase lift during take-off, achieve greater efficiencies in flight and reduce noise.
Published: 3 August 2016
EU-funded project INTERACT has built a network of Arctic research stations, allowing them to coordinate and share resources more efficiently. The network aims to boost the scope and quantity of research on the Arctic, which serves as a bellwether of global changes to climate, biodiversity and land use.
Published: 1 August 2016
More energy efficient, less polluting, and not too different from current designs: an innovative aircraft concept developed by an EU-funded project could help reduce the environmental impact of aviation. The main aim of the research was to study the practical implementation of distributed propulsion and the implications of using hybrid power architectures, i.e. architectures that combine different power sources such as gas turbines, advanced batteries or fuel cells. The proposed concept involves a propulsor built into the tail of the plane. This component adds thrust by re-accelerating air slowed down by contact with the fuselage.
Published: 27 June 2016