Posted on 27 July 2016 by Daniel
The Big Burn: What’s happening 28 July
Deep space manoeuvre – DSM-1 Tomorrow, 28 July, ExoMars/TGO will conduct one of the most critical activities during the voyage to Mars: a very large engine burn in deep space (DSM-1) that starts at 09:30 UTC (11:30...
Posted on 18 March 2016 by Daniel
The speed with which we get to Mars
(UPDATED 1.04) Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the final review of responses. (UPDATED 24.03) We got a query earlier this week via Facebook from a past participant (thanks, Massimiliano!) in one of our...
Posted on 13 June 2014 by Daniel
Rosetta’s Main Burn
A great overview from ESATV on activities at ESOC during the first of Rosetta’s three Big Burns, which took place on 21 May.
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel
Thruster burn kicks off crucial series of manoeuvres
Today kicks off a crucial series of Rosetta thruster burns designed to bring the spacecraft to the comet on 6 August. The first burn is set to take place at 17:30 UTC (19:30 CEST).
Posted on 15 April 2014 by Daniel
Replanning Europe’s mission of the decade: the ba...
Today’s blog post was contributed by Ruediger Jehn and his colleagues working on the Mission Analysis team at ESOC. These experts work behind the scenes on all of ESA’s interplanetary and observatory missions to map out –...
Posted on 2 June 2013 by Daniel
Finding ATV in the sky
Updated 1530CEST 4 June 2013 The flight control team at the joint ESA/CNES ATV Control Centre will assume control of the mission once Albert Einstein separates from the final stage of the Ariane 5 launcher on 5 June. From that point on, it will be in free-flight orbit under ATV-CC control until Rendezvous with the ISS, set for 15 June. Below, you can access the (estimated) TLE – the ‘Two-Line Element’ data – that describes the orbit ATV is expected to be on once separation occurs. This can be used by amateur astronomers, astro-photographers and anyone else to know where to look if you wish to spot ATV in the sky!...