An affluent small satellites market is flooding the demand for innovative ways to access space. Latest industry viability studies supported by the ESA (European Space Agency) for novel micro-launcher services are producing new business opportunities. The ESA plans to reinforce the European industry by advancing a globally cutthroat European space sector with surged industry participation in launchers development. As part of that, ESA’s FLPP (Future Launchers Preparatory Programme) backed five proposals from industry for an efficiently viable, marketable self-sustaining micro-launcher, with no public funding in exploitation. A micro-launcher can put a small satellite of minimum 350 Kg, naturally small experimental or commercial satellites in the lower orbits, beginning from the ground or from an airborne platform.
The ESA’s backing allowed these firms to bring their designs to a basic level of maturity, making the value in the market and setting up possibilities with other businesses. The five firms presented their outcomes at a workshop and networking chance organized by ESA in Paris. It was visited by over 150 participants and 100 business-to-business summits took place. The findings of the studies have been utilized by the ESA to choose underlying critical technologies to be furthermore matured in ESA’s present FLPP technology collection, bringing also the outlook of embarking and validating technologies on large-scale supporters. With more anticipated, the first set of technologies comprehend composite tanks, low-cost avionics, turbopumps, the separation system, and the safety scaffold for micro-launchers.
Lately, the ESA along with NASA was in news for teaming up for significant planetary defense test. It is been known that an effect from an asteroid crashing into Earth will be particularly catastrophic. Based on the size of the asteroid, the impacts can vary from millions deceased to an outright end of all life. To avoid such circumstances, space agencies across the globe are working out planetary defense missions. NASA and the ESA have joined hands on the first-ever test of an Earth’s defense systems with plans aimed at hammering an asteroid off course.