- Mission Control Center
Mission Control Center (MCC) is a unit that manages aerospace flights. MCC is often part of an aerospace agency. There are several such agencies in the world, the three biggest ones being:
*National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Russian Federal Space Agency(FKA)
European Space Agency(ESA)
The main task of an MCC is to manage space missions, usually from the point of liftoff until the landing or the end of the mission. A staff of
flight controllers and other support personnel monitor all aspects of the mission using telemetry. The training for these missions usually falls under their responsibility as well.
NASA Mission Control Center
FKA Mission Control Center
The Mission Control Center of the
Russian Federal Space Agency( _ru. Центр управления полётами, also known by its acronym Цуп ("TsUP") is located in Korolyov, near the RKK Energiaplant. It contains an active control room for the ISS, and a memorial control room for the Mir. In the latter the last few orbits of Mir before it burned up in the atmosphere are shown on screen.
Other important Mission Control Centers
Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center(BACCC) manages the Shenzoumissions.
Mobile Servicing SystemControl and Training at Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada. Supports Canadarm2robotics operations.
Columbus Control Center(Col-CC) at the German Aerospace Center(DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. It is the mission control center for the European "Columbus" research laboratory at the International Space Station.
ATV Control Center(ATV-CC) is located at the Toulouse Space Centre(CST) in Toulouse, France. It will be the mission control center for the European Automated Transfer Vehicles, that will regularly resupply ISS.
JEM Control Centerand the HTV Control Centerat the Tsukuba Space Center(TKSC) in Tsukuba, Japan manages operations aboard JAXA's Kibo ISS research laboratory and the resupply flights of the H-II Transfer Vehicle. JAXAs satellite operations are also based here.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory(JPL), manages all of NASAs unmanned spacecraft.
European Space Operations Centre(ESOC) responsible for ESAs satellites and space probes.
Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre, Mission control center in Krasnoznamensk, Russia.
Control center solutions
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Manned Space Programs
Space Shuttle program
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
* [http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/101space/101visual2.htm National Park Service mission control page]
* [http://www.aerospace-technology.com/projects/johnsoon/ Space-Technology.com mission control page]
* [http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/about/index.html NASA's Johnson Space Center page]
* [http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/reference/mcc/index.html NASA's MCC page]
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