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At ESOC, daily operations from specialised control rooms continue 24 hrs/day year-round during a satellite’s life, until mission completion and safe disposal in a ‘graveyard’ or re-entry orbit.

These control rooms provide the crucial data links between ground controllers and their satellites in orbit. We work as a single team to plan, build and manage ground segments for ESA missions, and then we operate spacecraft from our control facilities using a sophisticated and standardised array of mission control hardware and software.

Our technical facilities – the places where we do what we do – include ESOC’s large, general-purpose Main Control Room (MCR), multiple Dedicated Control Rooms (DCR – smaller control rooms dedicated to specific missions or mission families) and the Network Operations Centre, which controls our tracking station network.

ESOC also provides rooms and facilities for flight dynamics, network management, software support, simulations and training and other specialised functions. The Centre also hosts facilities for conducting research or providing services in areas of expertise related to spacecraft operations.

  • Enabling & Support

    Training the Gaia team

    22/10/2013 1702 views 16 likes
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    Experts at ESOC provide realistic training for mission control teams
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    Directing flight

    26/06/2015 1122 views 8 likes
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    Cluster orbit correction

    27/05/2015 599 views 5 likes
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    Cluster orbit correction
  • Science & Exploration

    ESOC control room art

    13/04/2015 562 views 1 likes
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    ESOC control room art
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    Training for Sentinel-2A launch

    03/03/2015 3537 views 59 likes
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    Sentinel-2A Deputy Spacecraft Operations Manager Michelle Collins
  • Applications

    Fibre optics in the sky

    02/12/2014 3740 views 49 likes
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    Sentinel-1A Spacecraft Operations Manager Ian Shurmer
  • Science & Exploration

    Confirmation of separation of the Philae lander from Rosetta

    12/11/2014 4353 views 12 likes
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    Celebrating success

    15/10/2014 1450 views 5 likes
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    Celebrating success
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    ESOC

    27/03/2014 5252 views 11 likes
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    Main Control Room
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    ESOC MCR 1960s

    01/04/2014 941 views 9 likes
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    ESOC Main Control Room in the 1960s
  • Science & Exploration

    Rosetta engineering model

    10/12/2013 3900 views 54 likes
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    Space navigators at work

    09/09/2013 3466 views 29 likes
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    Space navigators at work
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    Calculating minds

    27/08/2013 727 views 2 likes
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    ESA's Navigation Facility calculates highly accurate navigation satellite orbits
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    Dedicated Control Room

    17/06/2013 460 views 1 likes
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    Herschel control room at ESOC
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    Tracking network control room

    03/01/2013 3257 views 21 likes
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    Tracking network control room
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    ESA Navigation Facility

    02/01/2013 391 views 0 likes
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    ESA Navigation Facility
  • Enabling & Support

    Venus Express PMSR

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    Venus Express Support Room
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    ESOC Main Control Room diagramme

    12/08/2009 237 views 0 likes
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    Key positions in ESOC's Main Control Room
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    Software support engineer

    01/01/1970 1123 views 6 likes
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    Software support engineer at ESOC
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    ESOC MCR

    05/09/2012 847 views 3 likes
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    ESOC Main Control Room
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    Tinkerer's lab

    28/01/2018 490 views 3 likes
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    Testing excellence