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At ESOC, 13 March 2014. Credit: ESA

Training the teams for launch

A few nice photos showing the Mission Control Team at ESOC, Darmstadt, conducting intensive launch simulation training for Sentinel-1a on 13 March 2014. During the ‘sim’ session, simulation officers (working unseen in a separate control room) injected...

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. Experts from across the ESOC centre – including flight dynamics, Estrack ground stations and software support – and from the Swarm project team are also supporting. Access full image gallery in Flickr here

Metop-B to be handed over

Handover to Eumetsat is set to take place at 18:00 CEST today. At 14:45 today, the extended mission operations ‘team of teams’ at ESA gathered in the Main Control Room to witness the addition of the successful launch and LEOP for Metop-B to the history board running across the top of the back wall. A great tradition. Sweet!

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. 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...

Mission control team in simulation training this AM

And a brief note on a simple tool used in mission operations… Here are some quick photos taken this morning at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany, where the MetOp-B mission operations team is conducting a simulation in the Main Control Room (MCR). Specifically, it’s the ‘B’-team doing the sim; the team is split into an A- and a B-team so as to provide 24-hour-per-day staffing in the MCR during the ~72-hour launch and early orbit phase (LEOP) prior to handover to Eumetsat. ESA’s Andreas Rudolph (see at far right in the photo above) is the Flight Director for the B-team. ESOC’s newly renovated MCR makes it a little tough...