Artist's impression of the ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli – the entry, descent and landing demonstrator module (EDM). Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

Little burn results

Here's an update on the second deep-space manoeuvre (DSM-2) with the final assessment based on post-burn tracking data. The burn took place on Thursday, 11 August, DSM-2 and targeted a delta-v of 17.7 m/second during a run...

'A Simple Response...' is a publicly generated Interstellar radio message to be transmitted from Earth to the North Star in October 2016 via ESA's Cebreros deep space tracking station in Spain. Credit: P. Quast

A Simple Response

In October 2016, ESA's 35m deep-space tracking station at Cebreros, Spain, will take part in an epic project, A Simple Response to an Elemental Message, in which a global message – a sort of interstellar time capsule...

A happy ExoMars team at ESOC Credit: ESA

#BigBurn complete

Following a 52-min firing of its powerful engine this morning, ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is on track to arrive at the Red Planet in October. The initial analysis by the flight dynamics experts showed a tiny...

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ExoMars/TGO ESA Hangout – replay and follow-up qu...

We had a blast(!) yesterday in the ESA Hangout here at ESOC, talking with Flight Director Michel Denis, Deputy Spacecraft Operations Manager Silvia Sangiorgi and Mission Analyst Michael Khan, some of the team here working on ExoMars/TGO;...

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The Big Burn: What’s happening 28 July

Deep space manoeuvre – DSM-1 Tomorrow, 28 July, ExoMars/TGO will conduct one of the most critical activities during the voyage to Mars: a very large engine burn in deep space (DSM-1) that starts at 09:30 UTC (11:30...

Engineering team from ESOC and Inmarsat working at ESA's New Norcia tracking station in support of the launch of Soyuz flight VS15 on 24 May 2016. Credit: ESA/Inmarsat Solutions B.V.

Behind the scenes at a rocket launch

As the old saying goes, It takes a village... or, rather, it takes an extended network of expert teams on multiple continents to launch a rocket! ESA and industrial support teams were out supporting the Arienspace launch...

ESOC Rover Control

Rover driving done!

On 29 April 2016, ESA astronaut Tim Peake controlled, from the International Space Station, a rover nicknamed Bridget at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage as part of an international experiment to prepare for human–robotic missions to...