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Rosetta's radio signal starts to fade... Credit: ESA

Last call from Rosetta

Going… going… gone! A sequence of screenshots showing the signal from Rosetta seen at ESA’s ESOC mission control centre via NASA’s 70m tracking station at Madrid during comet landing on 30 September 2016. The peak of the...

DSN Timeline for ROSETTA Landing


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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.

One of the world’s most sophisticated satellite tracking stations is nearing inauguration in Malargüe, Argentina, 1000 km west of Buenos Aires. The new station will ensure reliable communications with missions voyaging hundreds of millions of kilometres into our Solar System. ESA’s new tracking station, near the town of Malargüe in Mendoza province, joins two existing stations in Spain and Australia to provide global coverage for the Agency’s deep-space missions. Credit: ESA

Tracking the spacecraft following a comet

The essential task of all ESA tracking stations is to communicate with our missions, up-linking commands and down-linking scientific data and spacecraft status information.

Artist’s impression of the Rosetta orbiter. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

Rosetta ready for payload check-out

The science and mission operations teams looking after Rosetta have been hard at work in the six weeks since wake up on 20 January 2014. The post-wake-up period ending 2 March has been mainly dedicated to the...

19:15 CET – Waiting for AOS

FOLLOW @ESA_ROSETTA FOR SIGNAL CONFIRMATION Now, the mission control team is waiting for acquisition of signal – AOS – from Rosetta. This image shows the signal analyser display from NASA’s 70m tracking station at Goldstone (showing, currently, noise). The...

Ground tracking station spike: What we’re waiting...

What we’re waiting for: The spike in the middle will tell us Rosetta’s awake!  This screenshot from NASA/JPL simulates the ground station spectrum analyser display expected to be seen later today (for real!) when Rosetta sends its radio shout 807 million km across our Solar System to Earth. And for keen radio engineers out there, this is how the plot will look once Rosetta starts sending telemetry (data), expected about 2 hours after receipt of signal (AOS).  

Waking up with a little help from our friends – Part 2

Not only is NASA helping Rosetta exit hibernation: ESA’s very own Mars Express has been standing in for Rosetta in a series of crucial tests to ensure the NASA ground stations are ready to track the comet chaser. Andy Johnstone, from the Mars Express team here at ESOC, sent in this report. Although all the attention for Rosetta wake up is mainly on the spacecraft itself, the other half of the equation is the ground stations that will be used to listen for the signal, NASA’s DSS-14 in Canberra and DSS-63 in Goldstone. If, by chance, no signal were to be detected on 20 January, this could mean that either (a) Rosetta...

Rosetta wake-up timeline 20 January

This post will be updated shortly with a full mission control timeline for 20 January. The Rosetta mission control team at ESOC is expecting to receive the signal between 17:30-18:30 UTC.