European Space Operations Centre at Darmstadt in Germany ensures the
smooth working of spacecraft already in orbit. The tracking of
satellites, from the time they are launched and throughout their mission
in orbit, is done form ESOC's control rooms and through its nine ground
stations all over the world, from which the commands for manoeuvring the
spacecraft and carrying out payload operations are transmitted.ESOC
receives and processes the signals coming from the spacecraft (scientific
data, weather information, images of the Earth and communication links).
The teams at ESOC, numbering around 270, are also involved in project
studies for the ground segments of ESA's various programmes.
Image dans son contexte original, sur la page www.servitel.es/paco/ web/esa/estabs.html.