Twitter Periscope live from ESA’s mission control centre


On 24 April 2016, the mission control team was in the Main Control Room at ESOC, ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, preparing for the liftoff of Soyuz flight VS14. Their job was to assume control of the rocket’s main passenger, the Sentinel-1B radar-sensing satellite.

In this Periscope, video host Thomas Ormston, a spacecraft operations engineer at ESOC, spoke with some of the team working ‘on console’ to find out details on how they get ready to send a satellite into space.

NOTE: About 75 minutes after recording this Periscope, the launch countdown was halted due to an an anomaly with the launcher. The countdown was restarted the next day, with liftoff set for 23:02 CEST, 25 April 2016.

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  1. It's really interesting to see videos like this from the inside! Thank you so much for making it 🙂 Sadly the launch didn't work out yesterday so I hope everything will go smooth today! Good luck 😀

  2. I love how they just fool people with space crafts, a little like any craft I guess. I wonder why they dont stop spending money and just build a space elevater???? Gee then they couldn't go on hoaxing people with their crafts of space. What a joke the earth is flat wake up people!

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