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institut superieur de l'aeronautique et de l'espace


French micro plane fast forwards to hover

High-concept MAV takes off with fixed wings and counter-rotating propellers, allowing it to operate with high aerodynamic efficiency--even in adverse conditions, according to its creator.

By October 17, 2009


'Sphere' looks past stellar glare to find exoplanets

A device known as "Sphere," attached to the Very Large Telescope in Chile, has achieved first light using three novel methods to peek into the brightness.

By June 4, 2014


Curiosity fires ChemCam laser for first time on Mars

The mission's Chemistry and Camera instrument, or ChemCam, hit a fist-size rock with 30 pulses of its laser during a 10-second period. Each pulse delivers more than a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second.

By August 21, 2012


In key test, Curiosity zaps Mars rock with powerful laser

In another milestone for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, a powerful laser fires on a nearby rock, vaporizing its outer layers for spectroscopic examination.

By August 19, 2012