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ESA Research and Testing Centre
silicon.com's sister site CNET News.com took a tour of the European Space Research and Technology Centre in June this year.
The centre is used by the European Space Agency to develop and test components for its missions - covering areas such as telecommunications, science, human space flight, science, Earth observation and more.
This unusual looking room is the electromagnetic compatibility chamber. The cones are used to insulate the room against electromagnetic interference.
To explore more of the research and technology centre check out Photos: It really is rocket science inside the European Space Agency's test centre.
Photo: Daniel Terdiman/CNET