Forty years of European space tracking24 September 2015
Forty years of European space tracking24 September 2015 Today, ESA celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Agency’s ground station network, the indispensable link to spacecraft that are helping us to learn about our planet, our Solar System and our Universe.
Big Iron gets technology boost17 September 2015
Big Iron gets technology boost17 September 2015 ESA deploys ‘big iron’ to communicate with its deep-space missions: three 35 m-diameter dishes employing some of the world’s most advanced tracking technology. And it’s about to get a boost. ESA’s three Deep Space Antenna stations at New Norcia, Aust...
Celebrating a year at the comet06 August 2015
Celebrating a year at the comet06 August 2015 ESA’s Rosetta mission today celebrates one year at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, with its closest approach to the Sun now just one week away.
Tracking spacecraft through the cosmos contest: enter and win30 July 2015 Musicians, composers and audio buffs are invited to help celebrate 40 years of ESA’s tracking station network. Create some truly cosmic sound and you may win impressive prizes, including a trip to our anniversary gala event in Spain.
Four decades of tracking European spacecraft 18 May 2015
Four decades of tracking European spacecraft 18 May 2015 Forty years ago this week, a satellite ground station in Spain became the first to be assigned to what would become ESA. Since then, the network – Estrack – has expanded worldwide and today employs cutting-edge technology to link mission controllers w...
Tracking Japan’s asteroid sample mission 29 April 2015
Tracking Japan’s asteroid sample mission 29 April 2015 ESA is set to support Japan’s ‘touch-and-go’ Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, now en route to a little-known asteroid, helping to boost the scientific return from this audacious mission.