Worlds of David Darling
Encyclopedia of Science
   
Home > Encyclopedia of Science

Villafranca Satellite Tracking Station (VILSPA)




Part of ESA's (European Space Agency's) worldwide European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) Station Network (ESTRACK). VILSPA lies in the Guadarrama Valley, 30 km west of Madrid. Built in 1975, it supports many ESA and other international programs, including IUE, OTS 2, GOES 1, MARECS, Exosat and ISO.


Related category

   • SPACECRAFT COMMUNICATIONS AND TRACKING