The European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) is the main operations centre for the European Space Agency (ESA), operating a number of earth observation and scientific missions. Monitoring and control functions needed by spacecraft operators are provided by software systems which are reused across missions, but tailored and extended for mission specific needs. The current generation of monitoring and control systems are becoming obsolete and a European wide initiative called the European Ground Systems Common Core (EGS-CC) (http://www.egscc.esa.int) has been started to develop the next generation.
This talk will explain why OSGi was chosen and how it is used in the development of next generation of monitoring and control software. It will describe how OSGi provides the necessary framework that enables the software to be extended for the different space systems it is expected to support. The overall software architecture will be discussed, some of the challenges faced and the benefits gained by using OSGi. The first target mission for the system is JUICE (http://sci.esa.int/juice) which will explore the moons of Jupiter and which is scheduled for launch in 2022.