The Estrack network has evolved over four decades with the expanding needs of ESA’s science, Earth and exploration missions. Today, there are nine stations in seven countries, all centrally managed from ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany.
We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2015! On 19 May 1975, a satellite ground station in Spain became the first to be assigned to what would become ESA. Since then, the Estrack network has expanded worldwide and today employs cutting-edge technology to link mission controllers with spacecraft orbiting Earth, voyaging deep in our Solar System and anywhere in between (access full article).
Watch Ground Station Chillax - our 40th anniversary celebration video