ESOC - The European Space Operations Centre

Where Missions Come Alive

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Prepared to download the Universe

Euclid's ground segment

Get dazzled by Euclid's first images

Juice – playing pinball with Jupiter’s moons

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.

Our Services

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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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Our Activities

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.

Recent Missions

Category: Earth Observation
Category: Astronomy & Fundamental Physics
Category: Solar System & Exploration
Category: Space Safety
Category: New Technology

ESOC in Numbers

Years of activity


Spacecraft operated


Solar System landings


Planetary flybys