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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...


Under Spacecraft Operations Manager Bruno Sousa, the ESA Cluster team posted a series of tweets that describe in 140 characters or less the entire process of flying their mission.

Alphasat is the largest European telecom satellite ever built, exceeding 6.6 tonnes at launch. Its solar array, spanning almost 40 m, generates more than 12 kW of power

Step aside humans: TECO will take care of that

To cope with the payload coordination requirement, an advanced planning and scheduling software system, the ‘TECO System’, was designed to support Alphasat operations and, in particular, to manage and coordinate the payload requests.

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.


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.

Main Control Room at ESA's European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany. Credit: ESA/P. Shlyaev

Update on Progress M-27M / 59P

Progress M-27M / 51 reentry risk: In six decades of space flight, no person has ever been hit by any piece of reentering satellite or debris.