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Sound horns in LEAF wall
02-06-2016 01:43 PM CEST

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Sound horns in LEAF wall

Technology image of the week looks like a giant version of a sound system, and that is precisely what it is. ESA’s Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) subjects satellites to the same noise a launcher produces as it takes off and flies through the atmosphere.

LEAF is an integral part of ESA’s test centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, a collection of spaceflight simulation facilities under a single roof. One wall of the chamber – which stands 11 m wide by 9 m deep and 16.4 m high – is embedded with a set of enormous sound horns . Nitrogen shot through the horns can produce a range of noise up to more than 154 decibels, like standing close to multiple jets taking off.

As a safety feature, LEAF can operate only once all the doors are closed. Steel-reinforced concrete walls safely contain its noise, coated with epoxy resin to reflect noise to produce a uniform sound field within the chamber. The chamber itself is supported on rubber bearing pads to isolate it from its surroundings.

Credit: ESA

Operations at ILA
02-06-2016 01:41 PM CEST

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Operations at ILA

On 1 June 2016, German airforce Brigadier General Ludwig Leinhos, a senior Cybersecurity expert from Germany’s ministry of defense, visited the Spacecraft Operations corner in the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA, the Berlin airshow. He was briefed by ESA’s Juan Miro, responsible for ground systems engineering and Deputy Head of the ESOC Establishment in Darmstadt, Germany.

ESA is exhibiting in the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion (Hall 4) at ILA – one of the world’s largest aerospace trade shows – this week.

In addition to providing briefings and guided visit to the Operations Corner in the pavilion, mission control experts from ESA, DLR (the German Aerospace Center) and European industry are on hand to help visitors ‘fly their own satellite’ using sophisticated simulator tools and to provide information on the challenges of operating spacecraft near Earth or deep in our Solar System.

Credit: BDLI/M. Auerbach

Entrance of the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA 2016
02-06-2016 12:10 PM CEST

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Entrance of the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA 2016

Entrance of the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA, the Berlin Air and Space Show on 1–4 June 2016.

The space pavilion features the wealth of ESA and German national programmes across all space domains, focusing on recent mission results and upcoming launches.

ILA is one of the world’s largest aerospace trade shows, bringing together the international aerospace community, industry, space agencies and trade visitors interested in discovering the latest aerospace developments and new business opportunities.

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2016

Dava Newman and Jan Woerner at the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA
02-06-2016 12:10 PM CEST

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Dava Newman and Jan Woerner at the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA

Dr. Dava Newman, NASA, Deputy Administrator, (center) and Prof. Jan Woerner, ESA Director General, (right) present the Orion spacecraft, during the 8th Parliamentarians’ Day, on 1 June 2016, at the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA, the Berlin Air and Space Show.

The space pavilion features the wealth of ESA and German national programmes across all space domains, focusing on recent mission results and upcoming launches.

ILA is one of the world’s largest aerospace trade shows, bringing together the international aerospace community, industry, space agencies and trade visitors interested in discovering the latest aerospace developments and new business opportunities.

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2016

Jan Woerner at the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA
02-06-2016 12:10 PM CEST

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Jan Woerner at the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA

Prof. Jan Woerner, ESA Director General, presents the Rosetta mission, during the 8th Parliamentarians’ Day, on 1 June 2016, at the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA, the Berlin Air and Space Show.

The space pavilion features the wealth of ESA and German national programmes across all space domains, focusing on recent mission results and upcoming launches.

ILA is one of the world’s largest aerospace trade shows, bringing together the international aerospace community, industry, space agencies and trade visitors interested in discovering the latest aerospace developments and new business opportunities.

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2016

8th Parliamentarians’ Day at the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA
02-06-2016 12:10 PM CEST

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8th Parliamentarians’ Day at the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA

8th Parliamentarians’ Day at the ‘Space for Earth’ pavilion at ILA, the Berlin Air and Space Show, on 1 June 2016.

The space pavilion features the wealth of ESA and German national programmes across all space domains, focusing on recent mission results and upcoming launches.

ILA is one of the world’s largest aerospace trade shows, bringing together the international aerospace community, industry, space agencies and trade visitors interested in discovering the latest aerospace developments and new business opportunities.

Credit: BDLI–Mike Auerbach, 2016

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