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News Archive / Tagged: Italian Space Agency

  • New technique can spot failing bridges from orbit

    Jim SharkeyJuly 13th, 2019

    Bridges are a critical but vulnerable component of transportation infrastructure. Age, structural damage or design flaws can result in a bridge collapse. A group of researchers, led by  Pietro Milillo, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), have developed a new technique to examine bridges for sign of decay using satellite data. The team's study was recently published in the journal Remote Sensing.

  • Arianespace launches Vega rocket with PRISMA

    Derek RichardsonMarch 22nd, 2019

    An Arianespace Vega rocket launched an Italian Space Agency imaging satellite into Earth orbit to demonstrate a new electro-optical instrument.

  • Italy’s presence in space: An interview with Italian Space Agency President Roberto Battiston

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 21st, 2015

    Italy, one of the key players of the European Space Agency (ESA ), is working to build up its role in human space flight endeavors, with an eye on further cooperation on the International Space Station. To date, the country has produced seven astronauts and is working to develop Europe’s next-generation launch vehicles and is actively taking part in ESA’s […]

  • Cassini spies the ice-giant planet Uranus

    NASAMay 9th, 2014

    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured its first-ever image of the pale blue ice-giant planet Uranus in the distance beyond Saturn’s rings.

  • Thunder and Rain: Ariane 5 ECA with ABS 2 / Athena-Fidus launches from Kourou

    Jason RhianFebruary 6th, 2014

    Carrying two communications satellites for the French and Italian agencies, an Ariane 5 ECA booster roared off of the launch pad at Kourou, French Guiana at 4:30:07 p.m. EST (2130:07 GMT). The launch was conducted by Arianespace and delivered not one – but two satellites to orbit. It marks the first flight of the year for […]

  • Ariane 5 set to launch ABS-2 and Athena Fidus tomorrow

    Jason RhianFebruary 5th, 2014

    Arianespace is moving forward with plans to launch one of the firm’s Ariane 5 ECA boosters, designated VA217 from Kourou, French Guiana on Thursday, February 6 at 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT). The payload for tomorrow’s launch is duet, with the ABS-2 and Athena-Fidus satellites sharing the ride aloft.

  • NASA’s Dawn fills out its Ceres dance card

    Press ReleaseDecember 8th, 2013

    It’s going to be a ball when NASA’s Dawn spacecraft finally arrives at the dwarf planet Ceres, and mission managers have now inked in the schedule on Dawn’s dance card.