Science and development of eXTP in Spain
The eXTP X-ray satellite (enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry Mission) is a Sino-European scientific space mission proposal designed to study the state of matter in extreme conditions of density, gravity and magnetism. eXTP includes two European instruments, based on the LOFT (Large Observatory For X-ray Timing) mission, a proposal selected by ESA for feasibility study (phase A) in the M3 call; this study was completed in 2013 with an excellent evaluation, but LOFT was not selected for launch.
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CHEOPS, the mission in search of exoplanets, successfully launched
With a day's delay over the initial schedule, today, 18 December 2019, at 9:54 am CET (05:54 am local time in French Guiana), the CHEOPS (CHaracterizing Exoplanet Satellite) mission, has successfully been launched. CHEOPS is a space telescope that aims to study new planets outside the solar system – the so-called exoplanets.
Technology made in IEEC in the UCAnFly nanosatellite, a finalist in ESA's “Fly Your Satellite!” programme
The nanosatellite UCAnFly, from the Superior School of Engineering (ESI) of the University of Cadiz, has managed to sneak into the finalists of the “Fly Your Satellite!” programme of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Prizes handed to Capture the Moon winners
The two happy winners of IEEC’s “Capture the Moon” social media competition were officially awarded their prizes.
The Montsec Astronomical Observatory at the heart of Barcelona
Next Thursday, 21 November 2019 at 12 pm, the researcher of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) and staff of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM — Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec), Kike Herrero, will give a talk entitled "The immensity of the Montsec sky" at the Espai Provença of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat.
IA and Space Exploration: An Instructive Debate
Within the activities held on the occasion of the 24th edition of Science Week in Catalonia, yesterday 13 November 2019, the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) together with the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) and the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) organized a debate on artificial intelligence and space exploration.
The Transit of Mercury — watch it live
On 11 November 2019, a rare astronomical event is taking place: the transit of Mercury. IEEC’s research unit Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICC) from the University of Barcelona (UB) invites you to watch the live broadcast of the event at the following link. The broadcast will start at local time 13:35.
The limits of AI in space travel, IEEC’s food for thought at 24th Science Week 2019
The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) joins the celebrations of the Science Week (Setmana de la Ciència), taking place on 8-17 November 2019, with a debate about artificial intelligence (AI).
IEEC participates at the Barcelona Science Festival, 26 – 27 October 2019
The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) participates at the 13th edition of the Science Festival, which will take place in Barcelona, in Moll de la Fusta, on 26 and 27 October 2019. The event consists of 190 activities on science, technology, knowledge and culture, distributed in 26 spaces, with the goal to bring the research done in Barcelona and its area of influence closer to citizens.
IEEC adheres to the statement by institutes of CERCA and ACER
CERCA and ACER Statement
IEEC joins Panoramic festival to celebrate how space inspires art
The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) invites you to the third edition of Festival Panoràmic, the festival of photography, cinema and new media, that focuses on celebrating 50 years since humans stepped on the Moon. The event takes place between 17 – 20 October 2019.
Capture the Moon contest winners
We are happy to announce the winners of the IEEC „Capture the Moon” social media competition that challenged people to take a photo of the Moon with a phone or camera, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.
Open doors for World Space Week
World Space Week (WSW) is starting today in Barcelona and all around the world – an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. Three locations where members of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) work will open their doors to the general public: the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (6 October), the UPC Clean Room (7 October) and the MELiSSA pilot plant (10 October).
GAIA and ICC (IEEC-UB) on the cover of the Spanish magazine Astronomía
The article about the GAIA mission signed by the researchers from the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) at the Institut de Ciències del Cosmos (ICC-UB) Mercè Romero, Lola Balaguer and Jordi Portell is on the cover of the Spanish magazine Astronomía.