European Space Agency’s Galileo Project

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Ground zero, Mission Control Center – European Space Agency uses AKCP’s sensorProbe2 to monitor temperatures, humidity and other environmental factors in their MUCF racks, which house the projects mission critical servers

European Space Agency's Galileo project

European Space Agency's Galileo project

The European Commission – with the support of ESA – is launching the procurement of Galileo, a global navigation system composed of 30 dedicated navigation satellites and a ground infrastructure with the main control centers in Europe and a network of dedicated stations deployed around the world. The overall program objective for Galileo is the deployment, by 2013, of a European navigation system providing five main services, namely the Open Service, the Safety of Life Service, the Commercial Service, the Public Regulated Service, and the Search and Rescue Service.

European Space Agency's Galileo project

Mission control center architects from the MUCF technical team have performed the integration of roughly 20 SensorProbe2’s (SP2) into the Galileo MUCF Cabinets located throughout the target site.

The SP2’s are monitoring the temperature, humidity and other elements in each of these cabinets, which house the Galileo projects servers. In the event of any problems, these SP2’s send warning alerts to the MUCF technical support team members.

The MUCF technical team could not access the network cabing inside the racks, so a solution was developed, allowing the configurations to be done remotely.

The illustration below shows how the SP2 has been integrated into each MUCF rack and how they are remotely configured. This is completed through a KVM accessing the MUCF rackmounted server and a MUCF client workstation connected on the same LAN, with default route to the switch.

European Space Agency's Galileo project

With the SP2’s in place, the MUCF technical team can now not only monitor each of their server cabinet’s environmental condition in real time throughout the facility, but also receive automated alerts if any of these conditions reach their pre determined thresholds. This provides both piece of mind and solid disaster prevention for all the mission control servers that support the mission control center for the Galileo project and the European Space Agency.

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