LSE Space is supporting Rosetta with a Spacecraft Operations Engineer, member of the Flight Control Team at ESOC (Darmstadt, Germany).
Rosetta was launched by ESA in March 2004 on a 10 year mission to Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. After wake-up, it will accompany the comet as it nears and passes perihelion and will land a lander on the comet. The satellite had a long cruise phase including three Earth and one Mars fly-bys, it flew by asteroids Steins (Sept 2008) and Lutetia (July 2010) and eventually entered deep space hibernation in June 2011.
After wake-up, there will be an Instrument Commissioning phase, followed by Rendez-vous Manoeuvres and Comet-characterisation operations. Finally, the lander, called Philae, will be delivered to the comet's surface in November 2014 to measure and analyse the comet nucleus material and collect samples.
Read all about Rosetta on ESA portal.
Rosetta wake-up operations will be held from ESOC Main Control Room in Darmstadt,Germany. Photo below: ESA/J.Mai.
Image top right: ESA.