Author Archives: Daniel

Daniel Scuka is Senior Editor for Spacecraft Operations at ESOC, ESA's European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany.

Our lander’s asleep

With its batteries depleted and not enough sunlight available to recharge, Philae has fallen into ‘idle mode’ for a potentially long silence. In this mode, all instruments and most systems on board are shut down. “Prior to...

Lander battery voltage falling fast

On board Philae, system voltage has fallen very close to 21.5V; below that, the battery won’t last much longer. At this time, there is insufficient sunlight to provide power.

Deputy flight director Elsa Montagnon watching data flow from Philae on the surface of comet 67P/C-G Credit: ESA

Philae still talking!

Rosetta has regained contact with Philae sitting on the surface of a comet (511 million km away!) during tonight’s communication pass, confirming that the lander still has power on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The pass began...

Turning Philae

Update from ESA’s Main Control Room: as mentioned in today’s ESAHangout, ground controllers are planning to issue a ‘turn command’ to Philae later this evening. The aim will be to rotate Philae’s main body in the hopes...

Philae touch-down site seen by Rosetta Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Philae’s first touchdown seen by Rosetta

Philae touched down for the first time almost precisely where intended, a strong testament to the precision of the flight dynamics teams who planned Philae's journey down to comet 67P/C-G.

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REPLAY – Rosetta & Philae mission update 14 ...

Watch the reply from today's ESA Hangout: Rosetta and Philae teams from ESA, DLR and CNES provide an update on mission status. OSIRIS PI Holger Sierks reports on images, and NASA scientists join from JPL.

Media briefing 14:00 CET start

Next media briefing on the Philae comet landing will start at 14:00 CET today, at ESA’s Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany. Watch the media briefing live via webcast.

Rosetta flight control team in the main control room at ESOC on 13 November. Credit: ESA

Rosetta operations update

A short update from the Rosetta mission team at ESOC, still working today in the Main Control Room. We spoke a few minutes ago with Ignacio Tanco, deputy spacecraft operations manager, who reports that the spacecraft is...

DSN Timeline for ROSETTA Landing

Go ROSETTA!

The DSN is honored to be a part of this amazing adventure!

NASA’s Canberra station now tracking Rosetta

The 34m antenna at NASA’s deep space complex near Canberra, Australia, is now receiving signals from Rosetta, 511 million km from Earth. Thank you very much NASA and JPL for excellent support! Now! #DSS34 tracking @ESA_Rosetta. Good...

One of the world’s most sophisticated satellite tracking stations was inaugurated in Malargüe, Argentina, 1000 km west of Buenos Aires, in December 2012. Credit: ESA

ESA rolls out the big iron

For landing operations this week, ESA is once again rolling out the 'big iron' - two of the Agency's three ultra-sensitive 35m deep-space tracking stations, these ones located at Malargüe, Argentina, and New Norcia, Australia.

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REPLAY: Go/NoGo 2

Replay of the ESATV clip reporting the second Go/NoGo decision at 01:00 CET on 12 November.

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REPLAY: Go/NoGo 1

Replay of the ESATV clip reporting on the first Go/NoGo decision taken at 20:30 CET on 11 November.