Ultra-thin Sail Could Speed Journey to Other Star Systems

Graphene light sail (Credit: GrapheneSail team)

PARIS (ESA PR) — A tiny sail made of the thinnest material known – one carbon-atom-thick graphene – has passed initial tests designed to show that it could be a viable material to make solar sails for spacecraft.

Light sails are one of the most promising existing space propulsion technologies that could enable us to reach other star systems within many decades.


ESA Incubators Ranked Among World´s Best

Kristina Öhman and Jens Lundström (Credit: Arctic Business Incubator)

TORONTO (ESA PR) — Two of ESA BIC Sweden´s incubators have been ranked fourth and seventh in the world classification of university affiliated business incubators among 259 evaluated in 53 countries.

”Being top rated in the world shows that we here in the North are at the forefront and it’s feels great,” said Jens Lundström, CEO for Arctic Business Incubator (ABI) and Manager of ESA Business Incubator Centre (ESA BIC) Sweden.