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  1. Ultralight structures set to sail away in 2010.

    Publishing date:

    June 27, 2007

    A good idea is one thing, actually applying it is another. A technology first imagined in the 1960s to build ultralight structures has now reached maturity and is set to fly in space on CNES’s Microscope mission.

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  2. 2011: Developing more accurate accelerometers


    • Sciences et techniques

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    September 20, 2011

    For the first time, a team of French physicists, supported by CNES and ESA, has succeeded in developing a vibration-resistant accelerometer. Tested in parabolic flight, the prototype was able to measure infinitesimal accelerations, which until now was only possible in the laboratory. This could pave the way for the development of portable cold atom accelerometers and thus improved positioning and geoligical prospecting systems. It could also make it possible to directly test aspects of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The results are published in the journal Nature Communications.

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