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Mo, 20 Jan 2014
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SCISYS supported Rosetta´s wake up call

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The Rosetta spacecraft reached a major milestone, with exit from Deep Space Hibernation at 10.00 GMT on 20 January 2014. A team of experts from SCISYS provided on-site support for the Rosetta Mission Control System (MCS) at the ESA Operations Control Centre in Darmstadt.

The SCISYS team ensured that the MCS remains fully functional throughout this critical phase of the mission, thereby allowing the Flight Control team to monitor and control the spacecraft throughout. Having been in hibernation for over two and a half years, the spacecraft will undergo extensive health checks and then be configured for the next phases, the rendezvous with comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko in August 2014, and the landing of a robotic probe, named Philae, on the comet surface in November 2014.

SCISYS will be continuing its involvement in the Rosetta mission, as it supports the MCS both in normal operations as Rosetta makes its approach to the comet, and in other critical activities such as the matching of trajectory, and the landing of the probe.

More information on Rosetta´s mission and a live stream can be found here: www.esa.int/rosetta

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