Virtueller Kontrollraum

Data of the Rosetta spacecraft, space station experiments EXPOSE and MATROSHKA

The Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) of DLR in Köln-Porz

The „Virtual Control Room“ is a feature on the DLR Website, where you will have access to telemetry data for the Missions EXPOSE (ISS), MATROSHKA (ISS), ROSETTA and Mars Exploration Rover, coming straight from the control rooms of the Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC). This allows you to follow these missions.

In the context of the Rosetta mission, a scientific probe is flying towards the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It will accompany and examine the comet in its orbit during its approach of the sun. The highlight of the mission will be the landing of the small piggyback probe Philae onto the comet’s surface. The MUSC houses the Lander Control Center (LCC). The Philae team at LCC is responsible for the control and operation of the lander.

The experiment facility MATROSHKA is a life-sized model of a human torso. For the first time, this enables research into the effects of cosmic radiation on organs such as the eyes, lung, stomach, kidneys, intestine and the other organic systems of the human body during so-called Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA). Users of the “Virtual Control Room” could monitor current data of the MATROSHKA experiment aboard ISS, which measures radiation both inside and outside the ISS (alternately).

In the trays of the EXPOSE payload, different organisms and organic-chemical compounds are exposed to the extreme environmental conditions of open space to test their survivability; meanwhile, the intensity and composition of incoming radiation is measured.

The “Virtual Control Room” is now online in an initial version. In the near future, it will be extended with further missions and applications, continuously expanding the “proprietary Control Room at home”.


Jerzy Zywicki
German Aerospace Center

Space Operations and Astronaut Training

Tel: +49 2203 601-3562

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