Posted on 23 September 2015 by Daniel
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.
Posted on 20 September 2015 by Daniel
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...
Posted on 18 September 2015 by Daniel
Space art inspired by the teachings of disaster
Art can shift the spectators' perspective on science. It can expose facets of scientific systems or processes that usually do not receive wider attention or remain hidden.
Posted on 16 September 2015 by Daniel
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.
Posted on 11 September 2015 by Daniel
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...
Posted on 8 September 2015 by Daniel
First results – #Estrack40 audio contest
The first slice of selectees in the Estrack 40th anniversary audio contest via SoundCloud have just been announced (see playlist in this post).
Posted on 1 September 2015 by Daniel
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.
Posted on 15 July 2015 by Daniel
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...
Posted on 14 July 2015 by Daniel
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.
Posted on 8 July 2015 by Daniel
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.
Posted on 3 July 2015 by Daniel
What makes our flight dynamics team unique?
For all missions, a crucial role of the flight dynamics experts is to estimate precisely the position and velocity of the spacecraft, and carefully design the manoeuvres.
Posted on 1 July 2015 by Daniel
Gaia avionics model arrives at ESOC
A full-size working model of Gaia’s internal systems arrived in Germany this week.