Posted on 4 May 2016 by Daniel
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...
Posted on 26 January 2016 by Daniel
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.
Posted on 15 January 2016 by Daniel
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.
Posted on 14 January 2016 by Daniel
ESA Perth: 30 years of tracking excellence
For thirty years, the Perth tracking facilities were operated by ESA as part of the Agency’s worldwide ground-station network, Estrack.
Posted on 30 November 2015 by Daniel
LISA Pathfinder launch timeline
VV06 countdown resumed: Timeline of the most critical events for LISA Pathfinder's journey into space on 3 December 2015.
Posted on 27 November 2015 by Daniel
ESOC ground operations team ready for LPF
This is the team responsible for 'Acquisition of Signal' (AOS) - the first report from space from LPF. And it will be a challenge!
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 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 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 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.
Posted on 30 April 2015 by Daniel
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.