Posted on 13 July 2018 by Rosa
Satellite studying Earth’s diminishing ice swerves to a...
On Monday, 9 July 2018, engineers based at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Germany made the decision to alter the path of the CryoSat satellite, preventing a potentially fatal collision between it and an ‘unknown object’....
Posted on 25 May 2016 by Daniel
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...
Posted on 14 December 2015 by Daniel
En route to nothing
It’s official! LISA Pathfinder is safely en route to a virtual point in space called the Sun-Earth Libration Point 1 (SEL1), 1.5 million km from Earth. A main engine burn during the weekend provided the thrust needed...
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 24 November 2015 by Daniel
To catch a speeding satellite: Estrack redevelopment do...
The tracking station at New Norcia will be improved by the addition of a 4.5-m antenna for signal acquisition and tracking during the critical initial orbits of new missions.
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 19 June 2015 by Daniel
Sentinel-2 launch timeline
Timeline of the most critical events for Sentinel-2A's journey into space on 23 June.
Posted on 9 April 2014 by Honora
A night shift like never before
One might think One might think that after being able to bring the launch date forward from 15 to 3 April (since when do launch dates come forward?), that after successfully achieving the shortest launch campaign in...
Posted on 3 April 2014 by Daniel
Sentinel-1A launch timeline
Find below a detailed timeline for the launch of Sentinel-1A on 3 April 2014. Lift off is set for 21:02:31 GMT (23:02:31 CEST) on board Soyuz ST flight VS07 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. This...