Satellite sunscreen gives Irish firm space to grow

Satellite sunscreen gives Irish firm space to grow
A European Space Agency satellite. Pic: Getty

At 26 million miles from the sun, the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter, scheduled to launch in February, will face temperatures above 500 Celsius, and needed a solution to prevent it burning up

The European Space Agency (ESA) had a problem: a satellite it was building to study solar flares and wind risked burning up as it reached its final orbit, nearer to the sun than Mercury’s closest approach.

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