Enabling & Support

Who's in control?

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Down on Earth, teams of specialists control every move made by the spacecraft we send into space. Click through these images to explore some of the many control rooms located at ESA's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany

ESA Basic Activities at Space19+

For ESA’s next Ministerial Council, Space19+, set for the end of this year, the Agency is asking Europe’s space ministers for a substantial investment for its core Basic Activities, helping to support a new generation of space missions as efficiently as possible. ESA’s Basic Activities have three main objectives: to enable the future through early stage research and development, commencing the Agency’s seamless grid of innovation; develop and maintain ESA’s common infrastructure and expertise; and, develop, preserve and disseminate knowledge for European capacity building and sustainable growth – inspiring and promoting creativity.

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    ESOC Main Control Room

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    ESOC Main Control Room
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    ESOC control room art

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    ESOC control room art
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    BepiColombo's team prepare for the spacecraft's first routine thruster burn

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    BepiColombo's team prepare for the spacecraft's first routine thruster burn
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    Outside Earth Observation control rooms

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    ESA's Astronomy Control Room

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    ESA's Astronomy Control Room ESOC
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    ESA's Sentinel Control Room

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    ESA's Sentinel Control Room
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    Inside ESA's Planetary Control Room

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    Outside ESA's Planetary Control Room

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    Inside the Earth Observation Control Room

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    LISA Pathfinder control room

    31/07/2015 737 views 2 likes
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    LISA Pathfinder control room at ESOC
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    Rover control centre

    08/08/2014 1248 views 7 likes
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    Rover control centre