Rosetta, Galileo and EDRS are three of over 100 missions to benefit from our MOIS (Manufacturing and Operations Information System) tool suite, which is used to orchestrate and support every phase of a mission’s lifecycle, optimizing the processes involved in mission assembly, integration, validation and operations.

From the manufacturing to the monitoring and control of spacecraft, MOIS introduces structured procedure preparation and automation to complex test and operations processes, so users can focus on ensuring the success of their mission.

Since its introduction in 1997, MOIS has been successfully used with over 100 missions, no two of which are the same.

First landing of a space probe on a comet

Rosetta achieved what no other mission had achieved before: the landing of a space probe on a comet. MOIS introduced an automation system to the mission, improving the overall consistency of routine operations and giving operators more time for higher-level supervision and analysis.

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Philae separating from Rosetta and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Image copyright: ESA/ATG medialab
Philae separating from Rosetta and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Image copyright: ESA/ATG medialab

Europe’s own global navigation satellite system

Galileo is designed to deliver unprecedented real-time positioning accuracy, navigation and timing services to users around the world. The fully deployed Galileo system will consist of 24 operational satellites. MOIS is contributing to the flight control procedures of the mission, including exporting automation.

MOIS has been supporting Galileo since the launch of GIOVE-B in 2008 and the first In-Orbit Validation (IOV) Galileo spacecraft, which began the constellation. Galileo started initial services in December 2016, delivering a wide range of new navigation services to benefit public authorities, businesses and, ultimately, citizens.

The Soyuz Fregat launch vehicle carrying GIOVE B on launch pad crop. Image copyright: ESA - S. Corvaja 2008
The Soyuz Fregat launch vehicle carrying GIOVE B on launch pad crop. Image copyright: ESA – S. Corvaja 2008

Ensuring access to time-critical data around the world

The European Data Relay System (EDRS) will dramatically improve access to more urgent and potentially life-saving coverage from space than ever before by relaying data from low earth orbit Earth observation (LEO EO) satellites rapidly back to Earth. MOIS has supported DLR’s German Space Operations Center for the EDRS spacecraft and the Laser Communication Terminal testing and operations at Tesat-Spacecom.

EDRS will help in disaster relief and operational monitoring services such as maritime surveillance by relaying the data as quickly as possible to Europe.

EDRS A. Image copyright: ESA
EDRS A. Image copyright: ESA

Other missions using MOIS

MOIS is used as a standard by the European Space Agency (ESA). Other national space agencies, private companies and major manufacturers also use MOIS. Among other missions to rely on MOIS are:

Main image: © ESA / J. Mai