The European Space
Operations Centre

Where Missions Come Alive

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A new ESA giant in Australia

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2nd ESA NEO and debris detection conference

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A world-class operations centre, manager of space safety, driver of innovation and enabler of industry.

As Europe's centre of excellence for satellite operation, ESOC is home to the engineering teams that control spacecraft in orbit, manage our global tracking station network, and design and build the systems on the ground that support missions in space. Since 1967, more than 80 satellites belonging to ESA and its partners have been successfully flown from Darmstadt, Germany.

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Labs & Antennas

Test, tweak and tinker. Run experiments and validate new technologies in our low-risk laboratory environments.

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Plan, simulate and fly your mission with software developed at ESOC.

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Track our missions from the palm of your hand or find educational games for kids with our apps.

Our Mission Statement

Excellence since 1967
  • Deliver high-value services to our customers and stakeholders across a wide spectrum of missions
  • Drive technology development, innovation and standardisation in spacecraft operations
  • Develop measures to protect our planet, humankind and critical space and ground assets from hazards originating in space
Our Mission is our Passion.

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From planning missions to saving them – it really is rocket science.

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Our History

Six decades of European spaceflight.

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Our Ground Stations

A network around the globe; a link across the Solar System.

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Innovation @ ESOC

From the drawing board to the global market. Got an exciting new idea? Join ESOC’s growing list of partners and take it to the next level.

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