ESA, the European Space Agency, is Europe's gateway into space. Its objective is to develop, coordinate and promote European space travel. 19 member states currently belong to the ESA. By pooling the finances and expertise of the individual countries it is able to implement projects which none of the member states could afford individually.
Projects include researching the earth and its immediate environs, researching the solar system and the universe, developing technologies and services and promoting various European high-tech industries. The European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt is responsible for ensuring that the necessary satellites find and remain in their correct orbits, and that everything runs smoothly.
And for monitoring and continuous documentation, ESOC employees use a FileMaker Go database with iPads.