ESOC mission history and status

Missions operated from ESOC (or missions whose launch and early orbit phase was conducted by ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany. Mission operated from other locations are noted as such.
Name

Purpose

Launch date

Mission duration

Note
ESRO-2

Science

17.05.1968

3 years
ESRO-1A

Science

03.10.1968

2 years
HEOS-A1

Science

05.12.1968

7 years
ESRO-1B

Science

01.10.1969

2 months
HEOS-A2

Science

31.01.72

2 years
TD-1A

Science

12.03.72

2 years
ESRO-4

Science

20.11.72

2 years
COS-B

Science

09.08.75

7 years
GEOS-1

Science

20.04.77

5 years
ISEE-2

Science

22.10.77

10 yearsOCC at GSFC
Meteosat-1

Weather

23.11.77

8 years
IUE

Science

28.01.78

18 yearsOCC at Vilspa, joint NASA
GEOS-2

Science

14.07.78

6 years
OTS-2

Telecom

11.05.78

13 years
Meteosat-2

Weather

19.06.81

10 years
Marecs-A

Telekom

20.12.81

14 years, 9 months
Exosat

Science

26.05.83

3 years
ECS-1

Telecom

16.08.83

13 years, 6 monthsOCC in Redu
ECS-2

Telecom

04.08.84

9 yearsOCC in Redu
Marecs-B2

Telecom

10.11.84

7 years
Giotto

Science

02.07.85

Hibernation
ECS-4

Telecom

10.09.87

15 yearsOCC in Redu
Meteosat-P2

Weather

15.06.88

7 years
ECS-5

Telecom

21.07.88

12 yearsOCC in Redu
MOP-1

Weather

06.03.89

6 years
Olympus

Telecom

12.07.89

4 yearsLEOP only
Hipparcos

Science

08.08.89

4 years
Ulysses

Science

06.10.90

18 yearsOCC at JPL
MOP-2 (Meteosat-5)

Weather

02.03.91

CompleteOCC moved to EUMETSAT
ERS-1

Earth obs

17.07.91

5 years
Eureca

Microgravity

31.07.92

1 yearRetrieved by Shuttle
MOP-3

Weather

20.11.93

OngoingOperated now by EUMETSAT
ERS-2

Earth obs

21.04.95

CompleteEnd 5.09.11
ISO

Science

17.11.95

3 yearsLEOP ESOC, OCC in Vilspa
MTP (Meteosat-7)

Weather

03.09.97

OngoingOperated now by EUMETSAT
Cassini-
Huygens

Science

15.10.97

Cassini continuing

Huygens complete
Joint ESA-NASA mission

Huygens on Titan 14.01.05
Teamsat

Technology

30.10.97

5 daysJoint with ESTEC
Pastel

Payload: Spot4

24.04.98

CompleteLEOP only
XMM-Newton

Science

10.12.99

Ongoing
Cluster-II

Science

16.07.00

OngoingSatellites 1 & 2
Cluster-II

Science

09.08.00

OngoingSatellites 3 & 4
Proba-1

Technology Demonstration

22.10.01

Ongoing
Envisat

Earth obs

01.03.02

CompleteEnd 09.05.2012
MSG-1

Weather

28.08.02

OngoingOperated now by EUMETSAT
Integral

Science

17.10.02

Ongoing
Mars Express

Science

02.06.03

Ongoing
SMART-1

Science

28.09.03

4.09.06
Rosetta

Science

02.03.04

Ongoing
MSG-2

Weather

21.12.05

OngoingOperated now by EUMETSAT
Venus Express

Science

9.11.05

Ongoing
MetOp

Weather

19.10.06

OngoingOperated now by EUMETSAT
Columbus Laboratory

Science

07.02.08

OngoingOngoing mission on the ISS
ATV Jules Verne

ISS resupply & reboost

09.03.08

CompleteOperated from Toulouse
GOCE

Earth obs

17.03.09

Ongoing
Herschel

Science

14.05.09

CompleteOrbit at L2
Planck

Science

14.05.09

CompleteOrbit at L2
Proba-2

Technology Demonstration

2.11.09

Ongoing
CryoSat-2

Earth obs

08.04.10

Ongoing
ATV Johannes Kepler

ISS resupply & reboost

16.02.11

CompleteOperated from Toulouse
ATV Edoardo Amaldi

ISS resupply & reboost

23.03.12

OngoingOperated from Toulouse
MSG-3

Weather

06.07.12

OngoingOperated now by EUMETSAT
ATV Albert Einstein

ISS resupply & reboost

05.06.2013

CompleteOperated from Toulouse

Abbreviations

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