LSE Space GmbH > EXPERIENCE > Multi Mission Flight Support

Since 2000, LSE Space supplies 24/7 spacecraft operations for multiple missions operated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). This team is called Multi Mission Flight Support (MMFS) and it is composed by LSE Space staff only.

The current satellites to be controlled in their routine operations phase are:

  • GRACE 1&2 (since 2002)
  • TerraSAR-X (since 2007)
  • TanDEM-X (since 2010)
  • TET (since 2012)
The TanDEM-X satellite was successfully launched on the 21st of June 2010 and flies in formation with its sister TerraSAR-X. Following the launch of a satellite the MMFS team is involved in the LEOP and commissioning phases and takes on responsibility for routine operations for the years ahead.
In recent years the MMFS team has also controlled CHAMP (until 2010) and PRISMA (until 2011).

 DLR Control Room

TheTanDEM-X control room at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen. The LSE MMFS staff monitors the close formation flight of TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X from here. Credit: DLR.

The MMFS team’s tasks include:

  • Participation in project meetings.
  • Training, simulation, certification.
  • Preparation, validation and maintenance of operations products.
  • Supporting operations tests.
  • Handling of the Mission Control System and operations support tools.
  • Management of voice traffic with internal/external parties/agencies following standard voice procedures.
  • Pre-pass, pass, post-pass activities using the established rules and procedures.
  • Generation, transmission and verification of command sequences.
  • Monitoring and analysis of all satellite HK data in real-time or offline.
  • In case of anomalies, analysis as required of system problems/satellite anomalies by collection and evaluation of appropriate data and corrective actions as necessary.
  • Offline data processing.
  • Archiving of telemetry data.
  • Production, distribution and archiving of telemetry data, science related data or orbit related data products.
  • Continuous logging and reporting.

TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X flying in close formation and performing simultaneous data acquisitions. Credit: DLR.