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  • Underground towns on the Moon and Mars: Future human habitats could be hidden in lava tubes

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 24th, 2017

    New research conducted by European scientists suggests that underground caves created by volcanic activity on the Moon and possibly on Mars could be large enough to house even underground towns. The "lava tubes" could, therefore, be excellent hidden locations for future human habitats.

  • Ariane 6 and Vega C boosters to secure Europe’s autonomous access to space

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 10th, 2016

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is on track to develop its fleet of launch vehicles of the future. The agency’s Ariane 6 and Vega C launchers are slated to be highly competitive in the world market, offering reasonable prices for launch services.

  • ESA signs contracts for the development of Ariane 6 and Vega C launch vehicles

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 15th, 2015

    On Aug. 12, ESA signed contracts for the development of its two new launch vehicles. Under the first contract, worth 2.4 billion euros, the French company Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) will build Ariane 6 launcher in its two versions, Ariane 62 and 64. This was just the start of ESA's recent efforts to develop launch vehicles.

  • Thales Alenia Space opens its subsidiary in Poland

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 9th, 2015

    Thales Alenia Space (TAS ), a European aerospace company, announced Monday, June 8, that it has opened its subsidiary in Poland. During a press conference in Warsaw, the newly-created Thales Alenia Space Polska (TASP ) revealed its plans to strengthen cooperation with the Polish Space Agency, local research centers and industry to support Poland in the construction […]

  • To boldly brew coffee where no man has brewed before

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 10th, 2015

    There’s nothing like the smell of freshly-brewed coffee in the morning. Expedition 43 crew members will have the opportunity to agree as they can now smell that aroma and try a taste of espresso while orbiting high above the Earth. This is thanks to the ISSpresso machine that was shipped to the International Space Station (ISS) […]

  • 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 […]