Swarm mission controllers train at ESOC
Images from the intensive simulation training taking place today at ESOC, Darmstadt, as the Swarm mission control team prepares for the critical launch and early orbit phase.
Members of the Swarm mission control team working today at ESOC in an intensive simulation for the launch and early orbit phase. Teams are supporting the mission controllers from flight dynamics, Estrack and software, and the 'sim' is being overseen by the training team. Credit: ESA
Experts from across the ESOC centre – including flight dynamics, Estrack ground stations and software support – and from the Swarm project team are also supporting.
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Update from ESA team in ESOC’s Main Control Room
The latest on Metop-B from the Main Control Room at ESA's Operations Centre in Darmstadt.
ESOC Main Control Room Credit: ESA/J. Mai
We spoke earlier today with Deputy Flight Director Andreas Rudolph:
All our systems are green! The ongoing post-launch tests & check-outs are proceding as planned. The Soyuz-Fregat launcher did a fantastic job, injecting Metop-B into its orbit at a precision of 3km and within 2 millidegrees of planned inclination.
Currently, Metop-B is at around 790 km altitude, moving toward the 817 km routine polar orbit.
As planned, we have been checking spacecraft attitude, data handling, telecom links, software, back-up systems, solar array operation, power and temperatures. All look very well and, thus, 'nominal'. We will do further tests and will soon start switching on the scientific instruments of the weather satellite.