Sep 25 – 30, 2023
Europe/Paris timezone
ESA's Mission Control

ESA cordially invites you to the ESA Mission Operations Hands-On Experience at ESOC, Darmstadt.

Mission Operations at its best! For the first time, ESA offers this unique 4-day course to bring to life the fascinating world of spacecraft operations with its unique challenges and need for excellent teamwork.

This course provides an insight into the secrets of ESA Space Mission Operation’s success, covering operations concepts, architecture and interfaces, the roles and responsibilities of the different teams, the mission planning and scheduling processes and the different challenges encountered in each mission phase. Finally, how to effectively manage spacecraft anomalies and contingency recovery operations will be discussed and later practised.

The course will be delivered through lectures by ESA experts specialised in the different mission operations domains. Real stories of operational staff battling with wayward spacecraft will be shared whenever appropriate. In addition to the lectures, the participants will gain hands-on experience in mission operations and will be able to immediately apply their gained knowledge during a challenging team simulation set in ESOC’s famous Main Control Room, the heart of ESA mission operations.

This intensive technical course focuses on sharing ESA's vast know-how and expertise in operations with the participants. It is pitched towards professionals of all disciplines who want to quickly acquire a feeling for the broad spectrum of disciplines involved in space mission operations.

This international and interactive working environment also provides an ideal networking opportunity for participants to connect and exchange experiences.

We are pleased to offer an optional visit of the European Space Security and Education Centre (ESA/ESEC) including ground stations at Redu as well as the GALILEO ILS center in Belgium to all participants on September 30th.

We look forward to welcoming you to the ESA Mission Operations Academy! 

The registration will close on August 10th, 12:00 hrs CET.

The event will be in-person only.

Press Center & Main Control Room
Robert-Bosch Strasse 5 64293 Darmstadt Germany
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