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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...

LISA Pathfinder - Path to SEL1 Credit: ESA

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...

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.

Night shift for Sentinel-1 LEOP Credit: ESA

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...

Sentinel-1 Credit: ESA/ATG Media Lab

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...