LSE Space supports ESA's missions

Since 2001 LSE Space has provided ESOC and ESTEC with

LSE Space systems and operations engineers, analysts and spacecraft controllers teams - based at the European Satellite Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany and at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands - have been involved in preparing and flying satellites missions, providing long-term operations engineering teams to the European Space Agency (ESA).

The LSE Space support has covered a variety of missions as listed below. For more information click the mission names below to visit the ESA’s website.

Earth Observation Planetary  Astronomical
 Other missions

                    Case study: LSE Space engineers support Herschel & Planck science missions.

                    On 14th May 2009 Herschel and Planck were launched simultaneously in an Ariane 5 rocket from ESA´s base in French Guyana. This is one of ESA’s most ambitious scientific missions, which will cast a new light on the nature of the cosmos and the origins of the universe.

                    LSE Space has been involved in all the main phases: preparation, launch, LEOP, commissioning and routine. For the past seven years, several LSE Space engineers have been supporting the missions working in various roles as fully integrated members of the ESTEC and ESOC teams.

                    ESOC Main Control Room

                    Herschel and Planck launch at ESOC Main Control Room, Darmstadt. Photo: ESA/Grothues.

                    At ESTEC, LSE Space engineers have supported the Instruments Ground Segment integration and testing and followed the Herschel ACMS subsystem from the design, procurement and testing phase up to launch and commissioning.

                    At ESOC, LSE Space provided Spacecraft Operations Engineers took care of several subsystems on both Herschel (Power, Thermal, TTC and Cryostat Control Units) and Planck (Data Handling, Power, Thermal, TTC and System), supported the Ground Segment and Simulator testing as well as the whole SVTs and SOVTs Test Campaign up to the Simulation Campaign, LEOP, Commissioning and Routine Phase. Moreover, LSE Space provided two Analysts to maintain of both Herschel and Planck Databases.

                    LSE Space Ground Station Engineers supported the whole Herschel & Planck Simulation Campaign and the Planck LEOP.

                    Once again, LSE Space staff is there, associated with the most ambitious scientific missions.


                    Planck can perceive the residual Big Bang radiations. It measures the fluctuations of the residual radiation from the Big Bang with a sensitivity and frequency range never achieved before. To allow the sophisticated on-board instruments work in the proper conditions, Planck is the coldest point of the known universe, reaching a temperature of 0, 1 Kelvin. Image: ESA - Ducros

                    Herschel Herschel is designed to study the origins and evolution of stars and galaxies. It is the largest and most powerful telescope ever built, with its 3,5 m diameter mirror, dwarfing the Hubble Space telescope. Image: ESA - Ducros