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New York/Canadian-Media: A spacecraft with Europe’s next-generation mission control system has been successfully operated for the first time by European Space Agency (ESA), ESA reports said.
In the years to come the ‘brain’ of all European spaceflight operations would be the powerful software, named the 'European Ground System - Common Core' (EGS-CC), with promising new possibilities for how future missions.
On 26 June 2021, ESA’s OPS-SAT space lab became the first spacecraft to be monitored and controlled using the EGS-CC, developed by ESA – proving that this software of the future is ready to be extended across current and future missions flown from Europe.
European National Space Agencies and space industry, and will be freely available to all European entities, ensuring the continents’ place at the competitive forefront of space exploration.
Space lab tests Europe’s new brain
ESA’s OPS-SAT ‘Space Lab’ is a CubeSat developed with the sole intention of being a guinea pig for new operational software, too risky to test on other missions. And it is open for the public to experiment with!
“During ESA’s recent test, the space lab became the first ever mission to fly with Europe’s new space brain,” explained Dave Evans, OPS-SAT Mission Manager.
OPS-SAT: ESA’s flying lab, open to all