Tag Archives: perth

Four decades of Vilspa

On 1 September 2017, ESA’s VIL-2 antenna and its supporting facilities was formally retired after 36 years’ service.

Perth station Credit: ESA CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/igo/

Double duty for ESA’s Perth station

If you’ve read the detailed timeline for Sentinel-2A launch on 23 June, you will have noticed an interesting set of entries for Perth towards the end, namely: MET 50:29 – Earliest AOS Vega – PER AOS VEGA...

Perth station Credit: ESA CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/igo/

ESA tracking stations support Soyuz

Estrack engineers Gerhard Billig and Robert Launer have been at Santa Maria and Perth, respectively, for a number of days now, helping configure the stations for launcher tracking.

Sentinel-1A Separation

Separation in space: the backstory

This superb footage was acquired by cameras on the Soyuz Fregat upper stage that released Sentinel-1 into orbit on 3 April 2014. It shows the Sentinel-1 satellite separating from the Fregat to start its life in orbit...

15m Estrack ground station, Perth, Australia. Credit: ESA

ESA ground tracking network supports Soyuz VS07 today

In addition to tracking satellites in Earth orbit (or 5AU away in deep space), ESA’s Estrack station network can also receive signals from launchers. Today, a team of ESA engineers from ESOC supported by an industry contractor...


Perth tracking station

Shortly after a powerful Soyuz launcher lofts Gaia, ESA’s new star mapper, into space on Thursday, teams on the ground will establish initial radio contact. Even then, tension will run high in ESA’s mission control as Gaia must still perform a critical automatic sequence. Before separation from the Fregat upper stage, Gaia will ‘phone home’, sending a first radio signal to ESA’s Australian Perth ground station to inform controllers of its immediate health status. We dug up some nice background footage showing day-to-day operations at Perth station, courtesy of the Estrack engineering team at ESOC. Enjoy! More information: Mission control ready for Gaia launch

#AOS by ESA’s Perth station

ESA’s 15m tracking station at Perth, Australia, has acquired signals from NASA’s Juno and is now following the mission’s progress until about 23:45 CEST.