Latest European Space Operations Centre Stories

2009-06-05 09:45:00

Beginning today, ESA's Planck satellite will carry out a critical mid-course maneuver that will place the satellite on its final trajectory for arrival at L2, the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system, early in July.

2009-05-05 13:31:02

With ESA's family of Earth observation missions expanding, it makes sense to share operations engineers across satellites and conduct mission control from a combined Dedicated Control Room.

2009-04-29 08:45:00

Envisat and ERS-2, ESA's two veteran Earth missions, have completed a second tandem observation campaign.

2009-04-06 10:15:00

GOCE's sophisticated electric ion propulsion system has been switched on and confirmed to be operating normally, marking another crucial milestone in the satellite's post-launch commissioning phase.

2009-04-02 13:30:00

In response to more reports of dangerous space junk, the European Space Agency (ESA) on Thursday announced plans to begin a monitoring system for orbital space debris within the next few years.

2009-04-02 12:20:00

The verification of operations procedures for Herschel and Planck at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) has now positively concluded.

2009-03-20 13:10:00

ESA's GOCE satellite was formally declared ready for work at 01:00 CET on March 20.

2009-03-18 13:59:07

After liftoff March 17, ESA's GOCE spacecraft is performing very well, having achieved an extremely accurate injection altitude just 1.5 km lower than planned.

2008-11-26 12:05:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) will soon have a research center in the UK to concentrate on space robotics and climate change science.

2008-11-16 10:50:00

Imagine how difficult it is to control a spacecraft thousands of miles away, ensure it arrives at the right location and then get the scientific and photographic equipment up and running.

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