GNC/AOCS Development Meeting at GMV, Madrid

Mar 17
With the Design and MIL test bench Review (DMR) and the Test Facility Readiness Review (TFRR) coming up next month, the partners of Airbus DS in Friedrichshafen were invited by their colleagues at GMV in Madrid to discuss the current status of the GNC/AOCS architecture and algorithms development for the landing scenario on asteroid 1996FG3, as well as the test bench advancements for GNC/AOCS verification. GMV took the opportunity to demonstrate the Processor and Hardware

Tracking down the Florida fireball

Mar 15
On January 24th this year, a fireball zipped through the sky over Florida, U.S.A.. More than a hundred witnesses reported seeing the flare on the American Meteor Society’s website, but it took Mike Hankey, an amateur meteorite hunter, to track down the elusive space rock. Hankey, 43, pinpointed potential locations for the fireball fragments using data collected and analysed by the society. After reconstructing the trajectory of the object from eyewitness reports, Mr. Hankey then

Scientists to drill into Chicxulub crater

Mar 07
Scientists plan to drill into the Chicxulub crater just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where the asteroid that is thought to have killed off the dinosaurs struck Earth. The team of scientists from the University of Texas, the National University of Mexico and the International Ocean Discovery Program will take around two months to complete drilling, which will hopefully begin in April. Experts are undertaking the task in the hope of learning how life recovered after

Bright flash seen over Scotland

Mar 02
Dashcams captured footage of a large meteor in the sky over north-east Scotland on Monday. The space rock burned up upon entering the atmosphere, emitting a big, bright flash as it did so. The light was reportedly seen as far as Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders and Newcastle at around 18:45. Witnesses described a blue, white or green light tearing through the sky, with some likening the flash to lightning. Jenni Morrison, who caught dashcam