ESA Mission Director

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Why the iriss mission was not extended

Andreas’s iriss mission lasts only ten days so the news that his flight to the International Space Station would take two days instead of the original six hours required many changes to the mission programme. Eskil from...

Sequence of events from launch to docking, all times in GMT.

Two days before launch…

ESA’s mission director Roland Luettgens writes: Two days before launch the teams that are supporting the mission are settling in at the Columbus Control Centre. Today we have the first Mission Management Team meeting to look into...

Andreas in Soyuz. Note cargo strapped to the left. Credits: Energia
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Mission director update: making space for a new Soyuz

‘iriss’ mission director Roland Luettgens update: All the readiness reviews have been done and everyone involves certifies they are ready for Andreas’s flight. The reviews are important and major milestones as everything has to be ready and...

Relocation of Soyuz 42S to welcome Andreas and crewmates. Credits: NASA/ESA

Readiness review and spacecraft relocation

The first update from ESA mission director Roland Luettgens from the Columbus Control Centre written on 23 July: We still have a few weeks of preparatory time ahead but  we are getting ready for the iriss mission....