On the 18th December, the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt and the German Space Operations Centre (GSOC) in Obepfaffenhofen near Munich, Germany, signed a cooperation agreement.
Rolf Densing, ESA’s Director of Operations and Head of ESOC explained, "Public space infrastructure should be used as effectively as possible. ESA therefore endeavours to establish a European network of competence centres. Close cooperation between ESOC and GSOC, as well as subsequent cooperation with other agencies and organisations, should strengthen Europe's position as a partner and competitor in the world market".
This cooperation between ESOC and GSOC covers five areas: ground control systems, ground stations, space security and on-orbit servicing, post-International Space Station activities and crewed spaceflight, as well as general cooperation.
See here for more details about ESA's ESOC operations centre, and for information on mission operations at DLR visit their website.
AGREEMENT BETWEEN FIERA DI ROMA AND E. AMALDI FOUNDATION TO LAUNCH THE FIRST SPACE SYMPOSIUM IN ROME
From an agreement between Fiera di Roma and E. Amaldi Foundation, the New Space Economy International Expo has been launched in July 2018 and it is scheduled for its first edition on 10-12 December 2019. It is planned to be the first European fair able to bring together all the actors of the space economy ecosystem: agencies, governments, companies, research centers, investors, international buyers, SMEs, start-ups, innovators, venture capital.
The event, which will be held in Rome at Fiera di Roma, will host forums and conferences by world-renowned experts as well as a large exhibition area open to businesses and visitors.