CEA – dark matter and dark energy shape the Universe

Nathalie Palanque-Delabrouille explains how the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will be able to address several of the most challenging questions of cosmology and...

InCubed: new funding for British earth observation technology

A new programme, worth over £800,000, has been made available to the UK space sector to help British earth observation businesses compete in the...

Testing the Equivalence Principle with gravitational wave astronomy

Professor Philippe Jetzer, who leads the Gravitation and Astrophysics Group at the University of Zurich (UZH), discusses gravitational waves and ways to test General...

Searching for the sources of high energy cosmic rays

Professor Pierre Sokolsky of the Telescope Array Project speaks to The Innovation Platform about the significance of laboratory expansion in finding the source of...

AURORA project results: new approach for atmospheric Sentinel data

Ugo Cortesi, Research Scientist from the Institute of Applied Physics (IFAC) at the National Research Council, Italy, outlines the latest results from the AURORA project. In response to the European Commission’s 2015 Horizon 2020 Earth Observation call ‘Stimulating wider research...

Five new innovative micropropulsion systems for nanosatellites

The Innovation Platform speaks to Dr David Carroll, President of Champaign-Urbana Aerospace, about the latest innovations in micropropulsion systems for nanosatellites. Founded in 1998, Champaign-Urbana Aerospace (CUA) is a 22-year old small business concern with offices and laboratories located in...

Engineers build new space test chamber in the UK

A 16m long space test chamber has been installed at the National Satellite Test Facility, UK. This equipment will allow the UK to prepare new larger, more complex satellites for launch. The National Satellite Test Facility is a government investment...

Detecting the heartbeat of a supermassive black hole

Evidence from the first confirmed heartbeat of a supermassive black hole is still detectable, over ten years since its first discovery. After years of its signal being blocked by our Sun, an international research team used X-ray satellites to observe...

Research suggest airborne dust can increase a planet’s ‘habitable zone’

Scientists from the University of Exeter have suggested that the presence of airborne dust on planets could expand the range of their stars’ ‘habitable zone’, increasing the likelihood of life. The research team believe that increased atmospheric dust could allow...

Innovation in space: the private sector’s role in the 2020 space race

As the industry becomes more commercialised, funding for the space sector is set to increase – could this be the start of a new space race? SpaceX has paved the way for a new wave of commercial space technologies. However,...

NASA invites students to design new innovative spacesuit technologies

On Thursday, 11 June, NASA will hold virtual student presentations for the results of their new spacesuit technology challenge. As part of NASA’s Artemis Student Challenges, NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technology for Students (NASA SUITS) invites teams of students to...

Astronomers unlock the cosmic mystery of repeating fast radio bursts

A team of scientist from the Jodrell Bank Observatory have investigated one of the greatest mysteries known to astronomers, an object known as a repeating fast radio burst. An international team of researchers has been collecting data on repeating fast...

NASA’s pilot Entrepreneurs Challenge welcomes innovative technologies

NASA has launched their pilot Entrepreneurs Challenge, which welcomes innovative ideas that support the development of new scientific instruments and technologies. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) invites new ideas that reflect the current commercial trends. NASA has expressed interest in...

Nova explosions are responsible for most of the lithium in our galaxy

A team of researchers, led by astrophysicists at Arizona State University (ASU), has determined that nova explosions are responsible for most of the lithium in our galaxy and solar system. The team has continued to determine that a fraction of...

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