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Enabling & Support

Advanced Operations Technologies Group

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Mature innovative technologies for mission operations are functionally and economically instrumental for flying future missions. Since 2001, ESA's Advanced Operations Technology Group has aimed to facilitate the infusion of advanced technology into the service of those flying missions at ESA and at European national agencies and industry.


Following technology investigation and feasibility analysis, specific projects are selected to further validate enabling technologies that support innovative operations concepts. The operational validation is usually performed across more than one mission and over several months.

The output of a project includes documentation, architecture, software and an operational assessment. In specific cases it can be a stand-alone product.

About us

Our team comprises research fellow(s), young graduate trainee(s) and on-site and off-site contractors, all managed by an experienced ESA staff member. Part of the team sees a high turn-over, with a typical duration of between one and two years.

The team's competencies include agile methods such as extreme programming and SCRUM applied to the areas of planning, scheduling, monitoring, diagnostics and automation.

In-house expertise covers different branches of computer science including:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Data mining
  • Constraint programming
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Case-based reasoning
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Operational research
  • Artificial neural networks

In addition statistical analysis, e-learning and web services are among the complementary suite of technologies involved in the process.

We are a customer-focused group! Our behavioural competences include continuous learning, innovation and creativity, problem solving, communication, teamwork, ambassadorship and results orientation.

Contact us

If you are interested in the work of the Advanced Operations Technologies Group, if you have ideas to share, proposals or questions − or if your organisation is interested in our projects, please contact us:

Alessandro Donati
Advanced Operations Technologies Group
ESA/ESOC Darmstadt
+49 6151-90-2574

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