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The luminosity of an astronomical object, if known, can be used to measure vast distances in space. A particular type of gamma ray burst could be applied in this way, according to an EU-funded project. It would be the brightest such 'standard candle' yet, opening up new opportunities to advance our understanding of the cosmos.
Published: 12 June 2019
Human-made space junk falls onto Earth every year, with some of it posing a threat to both people and property. An EU-funded project is developing new space debris mitigation guidelines and a web-based tool to address this danger.
Published: 3 June 2019
Electronic components must meet stringent requirements in order to be useful for space applications. An EU-funded project has validated European-made components for this purpose, hoping to make the EU space sector less dependent on international partners.
Published: 24 May 2019
An EU-funded project has demonstrated how highly sensitive magnetometers can be adapted to make faster and more precise measurements than was once thought possible - an example of Europes new focus on quantum technologies.
Published: 15 May 2019
An EU-funded project carried out research into a hybrid propulsion engine that can transfer satellites into orbit more cost-effectively and with less pollution than other systems, ensuring Europe has independent, environmentally friendly access to space.
Published: 30 April 2019
We are all made of stardust! But what is cosmic dust and how is it made? An EU-funded project is recreating cosmic dust by simulating interstellar conditions in the laboratory and developing innovative processes that could lead to benefits for communication, transport and nanotechnology - boosting industry's competitiveness.
Published: 15 April 2019
In physical cosmology, the term 'cosmic inflation' refers to the potential accelerated expansion of space in the early universe. An EU-funded project is using satellite and other ground-based facilities to model cosmological phenomena to further the study of cosmic inflation.
Published: 8 April 2019
Ongoing progress towards a Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) will require precise positioning capabilities. EU-funded research has made it possible to achieve precision positioning with an accuracy of up to 25cm using combined technologies.
Published: 1 April 2019
An EU-funded project is probing antimatter, one of nature's great mysteries. In doing so, it is advancing technical developments in this research area, contributing to Europe's fundamental scientific knowledge and helping us understand the origins of the universe.
Published: 22 March 2019
Published: 6 February 2019