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  • Sabotaging Juice
    on March 28, 2023 at 3:15 pm
  • Flight simulations: putting Juice under pressure
    on March 28, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    Video: 00:58:00 Sat in a windowless office beneath ESA’s Main Control Room in Darmstadt, Germany, two Simulations Officers have complete control over the Juice spacecraft and ESA’s deep space ground stations across the globe – and they take full advantage.These aren’t the real […]

  • Seed funding sends European software into orbit
    on March 10, 2023 at 8:00 am

    “You can read everything there is to know about driving a car, but you won’t really understand what it’s like to drive one until you get behind the wheel. That’s what it’s like to fly your software in orbit,” says David Evans, ESA’s OPS-SAT Space Lab manager.Over the last year, 12 […]

  • How does Galileo help other space missions?
    on March 9, 2023 at 11:30 am

    In 2023 satnav receivers are everywhere: in our phones, our cars, and drones, in fixed infrastructure, aboard boats, trains and aircraft. They are also in space: more than 95% of all the satellites in low-Earth orbit carry satnav receivers to calculate their position. The additional signals from […]

  • #SocialSpace: Apply to join Juice launch at ESA mission control – CLOSED
    on February 27, 2023 at 3:00 pm
  • Flight control, space weather and debris: What an astronaut needs to know
    on December 22, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Video: 00:19:50 Recently, Andreas Mogensen, now getting ready for his ‘Huginn’ mission to the ISS in 2023, stopped by ESA’s ESOC mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, to meet with some of the experts who keep our satellites flying.Andreas usually works at NASA’s Johnson Space […]

  • ESA ground stations to support first commercial Moon landing
    on November 29, 2022 at 10:01 am
  • ESA tracks world-first asteroid deflection
    on September 20, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Image: ESA’s Estrack network tracks DART in the vital moments before asteroid impact

  • Tracking sunspots up close
    on March 24, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Image: Solar Orbiter tracks solar features during closest approach

  • ESA catches Webb’s first call
    on December 20, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Image: Webb is due to launch on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, at the earliest on 24 December. It will journey on a direct escape trajectory towards its target orbit more than 1.5 million kilometres from Earth. Part of ESA’s Estrack cooperative network, the […]