Category Archives: Col-CC

Columbus Control Centre keeping an eye on Luca

Columbus Control Centre keeps an eye on the Columbus space laboratory and ESA astronauts in space at all times. An impressive array of computer screens and information are constantly monitored. On the wall are the mission patches they have overseen.

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Mission accomplished with more than 100 000 000 km flown

Mission control at Columbus Control Centre is ready for Luca’s return. Watch live from Sunday 20:30 CET and follow the landing via Twitter @esaoperations: We knew the day would come, Luca’s last day in orbit. Everything is go for the … Continue reading

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Super Luca: the proof

This entry was written yesterday by Volare mission director Roland Luettgens: Today we had our weekly crew conference with Luca and we had quite a list of topics to talk about. The crew conference is a weekly coordination between astronauts … Continue reading

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Many changes before Luca returns

ESA mission director Roland Luettgens keeps us up to date on Luca’s Volare mission: There is an incredible period of activity around the International Space Station these days with many things happening onboard as well as on ground over the … Continue reading

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Special visitor at Col-CC – Alan Parsons

The Columbus Control Centre had a special visitor today, musician Alan Parsons. During a concert in Rome he dedicated one of his songs to Luca and we were honoured to receive him today at Col-CC. It’s really nice to have … Continue reading

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Luca and company

After the successful launch of Soyuz 36S at 20:58 GMT, the new expedition crew arrived after a short voyage at 2:48 GMT. The new and old crew had a warm welcome at 4:34 GMT and finished activities in the morning … Continue reading

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Luca’s weekend – and ours

After the successful launch of Cygnus last week we were expecting the spaceship to arrive on Sunday. The weekend plans were uploaded and all teams and activities involved with the capture of the space vehicle were ready to go. Control … Continue reading

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Awaiting the next resupply ship

Volare mission director Roland Luettgens sends an update on the next spacecraft to visit the International Space Station: The crew on the International Space Station is getting ready for receiving another visiting vehicle at the end of this week. After … Continue reading

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HTV-4 and a reminder that working in space is not like working on the ground…

ESA Mission Director Roland Luettgens gives an update of the latest activities and tells us about the challenges of working in space. We had a very busy week last week because sometimes things do not work out as planned. We … Continue reading

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Columbus Control Centre ready for Progress departure

‘Vehicle traffic’ is the term we use for every spaceship that goes to or leaves the International Space Station. Currently there are four attached to the Station: ATV-4, two Soyuz (one each for each expedition) and one Progress. Every couple … Continue reading

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