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 missions listed below are operated by, or are in preparation by, teams at ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany.

Current missions operated from ESOC

Name Purpose Description
Cluster II Science Earth's magnetic environment - 4 spacecraft
CryoSat Earth observation ESA's ice mission
ExoMars/TGO Planetary science Orbiting Mars/deliver Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator
Gaia Science Galactic surveyor
Integral Science Gamma-ray observatory
LISA Pathfinder Science Gravity wave detection - technology demonstration
Mars Express Planetary science Europe at Mars
Sentinel 1 Earth observation Europe's Copernicus programme - Sentinel-1A, 1B
Sentinel 2 Earth observation Europe's Copernicus programme - Sentinel-2A, 2B
Swarm Earth observation Geomagnetic surveyor - 3 spacecraft
XMM Science X-ray observatory

Note: The Proba missions (Proba-1, Proba-2 and Proba-V) are controlled by ESA's Operations team from Redu Centre. Some Sentinel missions are operated in the routine phase from ESOC, while some are handed over to Eumetsat.

Future missions operated from ESOC

Name Purpose Description
Aeolus Earth observation ESA's wind mission
BepiColombo Planetary science Mercury explorer
Biomass Earth observation Measuring forest biomass
EarthCARE Earth observation ESA's cloud, aerosol and radiation mission
Euclid Science Mapping the dark universe
ExoMars RSP Planetary science ExoMars rover and surface science platform
JUICE Planetary science Exploring the Jupiter system
Plato Science Discover extrasolar planetary systems and terrestrial planets
Sentinels/Copernicus Earth observation Europe's Copernicus programme - Sentinel-3B, 5P, 6A, 6B
Solar Orbiter Science Solar and heliospheric physics

Note: Some Sentinel missions will be operated in the routine phase from ESOC, while some will be 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:

  • 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 cooperative 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)
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