News 19.02.2021 First helicopter flight on Mars takes off with small Austro-participation : Following yesterday's landing of the Mars rover "Perseverance" on February 18, a helicopter drone is now to lift into the thin atmosphere of the Red Planet. In the absence of a satellite positioning system such as GPS, the "Ingenuity" drone must navigate itself using camera images. One of the developers of the camera-based system's algorithm is Stephan Weiss, a Swiss national working at the University of Klagenfurt. 17.02.2021 Virtual exploration of Mars with the help of Austrian technology : After seven months of travel through space, NASA's Mars rover "Perseverance" lands on the red planet on February 18, 2021. Part of the mission is the visualization tool PRo3D, developed by the Austrian research centers VRVis and Joanneum Research, which is used to virtually explore 3D reconstructions of the Martian surface.a 08.02.2021 RUAG Space protects Europe's exoplanet hunter from extreme temperatures in space : The Vienna-based space company RUAG Space will be responsible for thermal insulation on the PLATO (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) satellite mission. With the telescope, the European Space Agency ESA is dedicated to the targeted search for Earth-like planets that may harbor life. The launch is planned for 2026: The two-ton satellite will be transported to the Kourou spaceport in a high-tech container from Vienna. All News Portraits Face to Face with: Dr. Ludovic Ferrière/NHM : Frenchman Dr. Ludovic Ferrière is the curator of the meteorite collection and the impactite collection at the Natural History Museum in Vienna and best proof that a career in space does not necessarily require looking at or travelling to the stars. In conversation with: Dr. Stephan Mayer, Head of the ESA PB SSA : Dr. Stephan Mayer has chaired the ESA Programme Board Space Situational Awareness since September 2020. In this exclusive podcast, the Austrian talks about his tasks, Austria's role in the programme, and how ESA ensures that we are safe. Face to Face with: Christian Adelsberger/Ubiq : Christian Adelsberger's company is the best proof that space technology sustainably improves our everyday lives. All Portraits The BMK welcomes a special visitor Dr. Josef Aschbacher visits the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Energy, Environment, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. Read more Space History Milestones in Austrias Space History : The appointment of Dr. Josef Aschbacher as General Director of the European Space Agency is truly a milestone in Austrian space history. But it's not the only one! In memory of the Sentinel-6 namesake: Who was Michael Freilich? : Many people cheered live when the Sentinel-6 mission started on November 21, 2020. But Austrian space fans often asked: Why is the satellite actually called Michael Freilich? Exactly the right time to introduce the person behind the name. A look back to Austromir on the International Day of Human Spaceflight : The 12th of April, the date the first human Yuri Gagarin went into space is celebrated as International Day of Human Spaceflight. 10 years CryoSat: Why it's so important to measure ice : On this day 10 years ago, Europe's first ever mission to measure polar sea ice thickness launched. Happy Birthday, UniBRITE and TUGSAT-1! : The first two Austrian satellites where launched 7 years ago.