Estrack M&O teams under Big Iron Credit: ESA - CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

First-time gathering under Big Iron

The first time that engineers from all of ESA's ground station maintenance and operations teams – the folks working on site at the stations themselves – have met for training in one location.

Artist's view of a Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellite. Credit: ESA/Pierre Carril, 2015

Galileo 9 & 10 handover complete

The Galileo 9/10 LEOP at ESOC is complete! On 20 September at 18:22 CEST, the joint ESA/CNES team at ESOC confirmed that handover of Galileo satellites 9/10 to the Galileo Control Centre near Munich for continuation of...

Artist's view of a Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellite. Credit: ESA/Pierre Carril, 2015

Galileo satellites performing beautifully

Galileo satellites 9 and 10 are functioning perfectly, and the initial series of flight operations is continuing as part of LEOP - the critical launch and early orbit phase.


Galileo seen in space

This image was captured by Marco Langbroek, Leiden, The Netherlands, on 11 September 2015. It shows the Fregat upper stage carrying Galileo satellites 9 & 10 over Northern Europe, after separation from Soyuz launcher VS12, just 22...

Darmstadtium event hall and conference centre, Darmstadt, Germany. Credit: G. Schneider CC BY-NC 2.0 via

CCSDS fall meeting 2015

Setting technical standards is one area in which ESA experts work 'behind the scenes' to ensure full European participation in space.


Europe’s MSG-4 weather satellite delivered into orbit

The last weather satellite in Europe’s highly successful Meteosat Second Generation series lifted off on an Ariane 5 launcher at 21:42 GMT (23:42 CEST) on 15 July from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Some 40 minutes...

Ariane VA 224 on the launchpad. Credit: ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE / Photo Optique Vidéo CSG

MSG-4 launch timeline

In a 37-minute window starting at 21:42 GMT (23:42 CEST) on 15 July, Europe’s fourth and final Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellite will ride into space.


How Europe landed on a comet

A fabulous presentation at TEDxLiège by ESA's Sylvain Lodiot, the Spacecraft Operations Manager for Rosetta at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany.