What is the B.USOC

B.USOC is a services centre of the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO)/R&S division. Our mission is to provide operational services for Belgian scientific institutions and space agencies.

Our dedicated engineering and operations teams carry out experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS) and Satellite ranging from the integration of payloads to their in-orbit operation, astronaut training, processing and dissemination of the scientific data obtained.

B.USOC in short :

  • 15 years of experience in preparation and operations of ESA experiments & missions
  • Highly experienced engineers, technicians and scientists
  • Ground Control Segment Design support, Installation and Validation
  • Knowledge and Experience in satellite commissioning and operations
  • First decentralized Science Operations Centre for CNES PICARD micro-satellite
  • Assigned by ESA as Facility Responsible Center for ESA/ISS/SOLAR-FSL-METERON-ASIM
  • Knowledge management service focusing on improved performance

About us

Organisation

The B.USOC is part of the Ground Segment for the International Space Station (ISS) and is connected to the Manned Spaceflight and Microgravity (MSM) ...

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Goals and Missions

goals and missions of B.USOC

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Services

B.USOC's prime customers are Scientific Institutions and Space Agencies with a requirement for advanced manned and non-manned space technologies not exlusively within the field ...

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User Home Base

For specific experiment operations, dedicated User Home Bases (UHB) have been set up when required. UHBs, which are the investigator's location at the "home" ...

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Infrastructure

ESA Operations Room, GC Room, Solar Laboratory, Microgravity laboratory

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Customers and Expertises

B.USOC's prime customers are Academic Institutions and Space Agencies with a requirement for advanced manned and non-manned space technologies not exlusively within the field ...

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Responsibilities

shared responsibilities between USOC, ESA and IOT

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Past Projects

Here are the past projects with B.USOC involvment.

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History and Evolution

Belgium’s involvement in the ISS European Space Agency’s (ESA) optional program is mainly driven by the possibility for Belgian scientific communities to receive support ...

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Partners

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