Wireless power beaming will provide auxiliary power to small satellites in low Earth orbit. (Image: Space Power)

Lasers to beam power between satellites

The technology will provide auxiliary power to small satellites in low orbit during their eclipse period – when they cannot see the sun

At Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers integrate the gamma ray and neutron spectrometer into the Psyche spacecraft. (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Psyched for launch

A gamma ray and neutron spectrometer was recently installed on the ‘Psyche’ spacecraft, which will launch next year to probe a distant asteroid and uncover clues about the origins of our solar system

Artist’s impression of the Solar Orbiter, with the Spice spectrometer (ESA/ATG medialab)

Spectroscopy to probe the Sun in greater detail

A proposal to use a high-resolution multi-slit spectrometer to obtain high-cadence observations of the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona, has been selected by Nasa

X-ray glow from massive cluster of galaxies captured by ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory. Credit: ESA/XMM-Newton (X-rays); CFHT-LS (optical); XXL Survey

Stargazing optics to spot cancer early

Two research projects based on photonics have begun that could lead to early detection and better treatment of cancer


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