Posted on 17 October 2016 by Daniel
Burn baby, burn! The technology of the Mars Orbit Inser...
This post was contributed by Thomas Ormston, a spacecraft operations engineer here at ESOC, and highlights the science, the engineering, the technology and the incredible teamwork involved in getting ExoMars/TGO captured into orbit around another planet. The...
Posted on 10 August 2016 by Daniel
Deep-space manoeuvre Part 2 – the little burn
On Thursday, 11 August, ExoMars/TGO will conduct DSM-2, designed as a follow-on burn to provide whatever additional delta-v is needed after the first burn in July.
Posted on 28 July 2016 by Daniel
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...
Posted on 27 July 2016 by Daniel
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...
Posted on 11 December 2015 by Daniel
Five down, one to go
Fifth orbit-raising burn has been executed successfully and Lisa Pathfinder is now in a highly elliptical orbit with apogee above 120 000 km.
Posted on 9 December 2015 by Daniel
UPDATED – LISA Pathfinder: Big burn burned
The fourth apogee-raising manoeuvre (ARM#4) is complete. The initial assessment again shows an excellent performance, similar to the three previous orbit-raising burns.
Posted on 8 December 2015 by Daniel
LISA Pathfinder orbit manoeuvres: so far, so good!
Three done, three to go! These updates were sent in by LISA Pathfinder Spacecraft Operations Manager Ian Harrison Monday evening and this morning, reporting on the results of the Nos. 2 and 3 apogee-raising engine burns (referred...
Posted on 30 January 2015 by Daniel
Integral manoeuvre update
The performance of the second manoeuvre on 24 January was perfect; we are now exactly where we want to be in terms of orbit.
Posted on 24 January 2015 by Daniel
Burn complete – update at 18:15 CET
An update on today's successful manoeuvre from the Integral Dedicated Control Room at ESOC.
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel
Thruster burn kicks off crucial series of manoeuvres
Today kicks off a crucial series of Rosetta thruster burns designed to bring the spacecraft to the comet on 6 August. The first burn is set to take place at 17:30 UTC (19:30 CEST).
Posted on 10 October 2013 by Daniel
Update on Planck’s Big Burn
Update from ESA’s Steve Foley at ESOC, the Spacecraft Operations Manager for Planck. We started the large manoeuvre last night at 23:00 local and watched as the 20N thrusters started up and began to push Planck ever further from her parking position at SEL2. The manoeuvre will take nearly two days as we only fire for a few seconds every minute as we spin around the principle axis at 1 rpm. We checked early this morning on Estrack Malargüe and the burn was on-going, on schedule with all systems nominal. We had used around 20kg of fuel during the night and had achieved a little more than 20% of the required delta-V....