The B.USOC is part of the Ground Segment for the International Space Station (ISS) and is connected to the Manned Spaceflight and Microgravity (MSM) Ground Segment via the Interconnection Ground Subnetwork (IGS).

B.USOC is also part of the PICARD satellite ground segment in the frame of a bilateral agreement with French Space Agency (CNES).

For the preparation and execution of ISS payload operations, B.USOC works together with Space Applications Services with an integrated team of operations engineers, operators and ground controllers.


B.USOC is administered by a steering committee composed of representatives of the:

  • Belgian Federal Science Policy (BELSPO)
  • Space Pole (BIRA-IASB ; KSB-ORB; IRMB - KNMI)