The German Space Operations Center takes over operation of the Swedish PRISMA satellite missionMarch 17, 2011 at 8:10 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
On 15 March 2011, the German Space Operations Center (GSOC) at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen took over operation of the Swedish PRISMA satellite mission. The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) implemented the transfer of control as part of a bilateral agreement. DLR will be responsible for mission operations for a period of five months and has the opportunity to carry out additional experiments.
The PRISMA mission was launched on 15 June 2010 and consists of two satellites, Mango and Tango. The aims of the mission are the demonstration of autonomous satellite formation flying and preparation for future inspection and repair missions in orbit. [Full story]