Ariane flight VA224 liftoff with MSG-4 on board as seen by ESA's Mission Control Team in Main Control Room at ESOC, 15 July 2015. Image Credit: ESA/L. Guilpain - CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
MSG-4 liftoff

Current and future missions

The current (C) and future (F) missions listed below are operated by, or are in preparation by, teams at ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany.

ESA missions operated from ESOC

Name Purpose Description C/F?
Aeolus Earth observation ESA's wind mission F
BepiColombo Planetary science Mercury explorer F
Biomass Earth observation Measuring forest biomass F
Cluster II Science Earth's magnetic environment C
CryoSat Earth observation ESA's ice mission C
EarthCARE Earth observation ESA's cloud, aerosol and radiation mission F
Euclid Science Mapping the dark universe F
ExoMars/TGO Planetary science Orbiting Mars/deliver Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator C
ExoMars rover Planetary science European rover and Russian surface platform F
Gaia Science Galactic surveyor C
Galileo Navigation Europe's Global Navigation Satellite System (LEOP only) -
Integral Science Gamma-ray observatory C
JUICE Planetary science Exploring the Jupiter system F
LISA Pathfinder Science Gravity wave detection - technology demonstration C
Mars Express Planetary science Europe at Mars C
Plato Science Discover extrasolar planetary systems and terrestrial planets F
Rosetta Science With Philae at Comet 67P/C-G C
Copernicus/Sentinels Earth observation Europe's Copernicus programme (Sentinel-5P, 2B, 3B, 6A, 6B) C & F
Solar Orbiter Science Solar and heliospheric physics F
Swarm Earth observation Geomagnetic surveyor C
XMM Science X-ray observatory C

Note: The Proba missions (Proba-1, Proba-2 and Proba-V) are controlled by ESA's Operations team from Redu Centre. Galileo LEOPs are conducted alternately from ESOC and CNES Toulouse by a joint ESA/CNES mission team, and are then handed over for routine operations to the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen. Some Sentinel missions are operated in the routine phase from ESOC, while some are handed over to Eumetsat.

ESA missions operated elsewhere

These missions are operated with the support of ESA's Operations team at locations other than ESOC:

  • Columbus lab - Operated in partnership with the German Aerospace Center from Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
  • Proba-1 - Operated from Redu Centre, Belgium
  • Proba-2 - Operated from Redu Centre, Belgium
  • Proba-V - Operated from Redu Centre, Belgium
  • SMOS - ESA's Operations team is responsible for SMOS payload operations from ESA's ESAC Establishment; the mission is operated on behalf of ESA by the French space agency (CNES) from Toulouse

ESA partner missions operated elsewhere

Name Description Operated by
ISS - International Space Station Orbiting science lab NASA (USA) / Roscosmos (Russia)
SOHO Solar observations NASA (USA)
Hubble Space Telescope Orbiting observatory NASA (USA)

Last update: 14 July 2016

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