The Mission Operation Centre (MOC) is located at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. It is responsible for spacecraft operations and associated ground segment development. The MOC will provide the downlinked science data along with the relevant housekeeping data to the Science Operations Centre (SOC), and will receive science operation requests from the SOC.
The tasks of the MOC include mission planning, spacecraft monitoring and control, all orbit and attitude determination and control as well as scientific instrument operations (functional quality control and collection of the science telemetry). ESOC will provide a ground segment that comprises all facilities, hardware, software, documentation and staff, required to conduct the mission operations. Three ground stations (Cebreros, Spain, New Norcia, Australia and Malargüe, Argentina) will be used.