The EUMETSAT Mission Control Centres (MCC), based in the EUMETSAT Headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany are responsible for the safe operations of all satellites. They ensure the continued acquisition and delivery of satellite data and services to the user community. Teams of satellite and ground segment controllers work around the clock, supported by teams of on-call operations and maintenance engineers.
The MCCs provides the necessary monitoring and control of all operational satellites and the associated ground segments. The MCC comprises two main control rooms, one for the geostationary missions and the other for low earth orbit missions.
Spacecraft Commanding and Control
Monitoring Scientific Telemetry and Data Processing
The scientific satellite data acquired by the instruments, on-board the operational satellites, are received by the dedicated ground stations and relayed to the EUMETSAT Headquarters for processing in the EUMETSAT-based Application Ground Segment and the distributed network of Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs) within Europe. The MCC performs the end-to-end analysis of the service performance, including the ground stations; the CAF data processing facilities, and the data dissemination systems, e.g. EUMETCast and AHRPT. Scheduled and unplanned outages arising as a result of malfunction of these systems are notified to the user via the User Notification Service.
Back-up Control Centre
Each satellite mission has a back-up control centre to ensure spacecraft safety in the event of major problem with the MCC, or communication loss between the MCC and the ground station. Activation exercises take place regularly to ensure operational readiness.
The following back-up centres are available within the EUMETSAT ground network: