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Concept for ESA's future space debris surveillance system employing ground-based optical, radar and laser technology as well as in-orbit survey instruments. Credit: ESA/Alan Baker, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Tiangong-1 reentry: How ESA found out

Editor’s note: ESA’s Space Debris team have sent in a final update on the reentry of Tiangong-1. As we posted earlier, around once a year, ESA takes part in a joint tracking campaign run by the Inter...

The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope for radio astronomical research at metre wavelengths. GMRT is a very versatile instrument for investigating a variety of radio astrophysical problems ranging from nearby Solar system to the edge of observable Universe. Credit: National Centre for Radio Astrophysics - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Listening to an alien landing

We’re listening: Earth tracking the Schiaparelli lander 19 October Today’s blog post was contributed by Thomas Ormston, a spacecraft operations engineer working here at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany. Since its successful separation on Sunday, 16 October, Schiaparelli has...

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...


IXV tracking & recovery ship

The tracking and recovery ship, Nos Aries, is now in the Pacific Ocean getting ready for this week’s crucial IXV mission.

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...

Tracking spacecraft deep across the void

The Agency’s three Deep Space Antenna (DSA) stations are located in Australia, Spain and Argentina, and are centrally controlled from the ESOC Operations Centre in Germany. They are equipped with large, 35 m-diameter parabolic dish reflectors, weighing in at 610 tonnes, that can be rotated and pointed with extreme accuracy.

Estrack network profile

Linking spacecraft with people at the frontiers of human knowledge: ESA’s Estrack ground station network communicates each day over hundreds of millions of kilometres with deep-space missions, or with Earth observation missions just a few hundred kilometres up. The network returns precious scientific data to scientists on Earth and transmits commands from satellite controllers, all via remote control from ESOC, ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany. In Dec 2012, ESA’s ground station network provided 3741 hours of tracking to 18 missions. New #ESTRACK profile video bit.ly/UaYlo8 — ESA Operations (@esaoperations) January 11, 2013 Our new ESTRACK profile video is below! Loading…