ESOC – European Space Operations Centre

ESOC – „Europe’s Gateway to Space“

The European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) is the  European Space Agency’s satellite control centre. Its mandate is to conduct mission operations for ESA satellites ranging from Earth observation to astronomy, solar system exploration and navigation. ESOC has a unique expertise in Europe in the fields of operations, mission control software, flight dynamics and telecommunications, in­­clud­ing a specialised infrastructure. The Centre’s cooperation with European in­­dustry further increases its worldwide competitiveness. Future-oriented technologies such as optical communication are currently being developed.

ESOC also operates ESA’s worldwide network of ground stations. In cooperation with the ground stations of international partners, it offers support for any type of mission. To date, ESOC has operated more than 60 ESA satellites and supported 50 missions of other organisations. The Centre can simultaneously operate over 15 spacecraft in parallel in routine phase as well as additional satellites in their critical launch and early orbit phase and, if required, carry out satellite recovery operations.


  1. Adress

    Robert-Bosch-Straße 5
    D-64293 Darmstadt
    Telefon +49 (0) 6151 90-0
    Telefax +49 (0) 6151 90-495
  2. Managment

    Dr. h.c. Thomas Reiter, Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations and Head of ESOC
  3. Year of establishment

  4. Employees

    250 ESA staff and 600 employees of contract companies
  5. Business activity

    Planning, preparation and operation of satellite missions for ESA and other space organisations.
    Development, operation and maintenance of ESA’s ground station network ESTRACK.