Going home

This is in some ways a sad entry as it marks the end of the Sentinel-5P launch campaign – but really it marks the end of an extraordinary launch campaign, launch, ‘launch and early orbit phase’ and...

Nearly ready to go home

In Plesetsk we visited the launch tower to retrieve the ‘purge cart’ and continued packing so that we are ready to load the train for departure. At the European Spacecraft Operations Centre (ESOC) with the launch and...

Time to pack up

Following the excitement of launching Sentinel-5P on Friday 13 October, the weekend was much quieter here in Plesetsk. Time has been mainly spent retrieving equipment from the MIK cleanroom and from the ‘under table room’, packing up...

Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit

The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel‑5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST)...

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Sentinel-5P liftoff

The atmosphere-monitoring satellite for Europe’s Copernicus programme, Sentinel-5P, lifted off on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) on 13 October 2017.

Green for launch

The team in Plesetsk has been busy with final preparations before launch. On Wednesday the booster was fuelled. Yesterday, the team charged the battery and continued with packing. The Launch Readiness Review was also held, and concluded...

Watch the Sentinel-5P launch event live

Live from ESA’s technical heart in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, follow the event to celebrate the launch of the air quality monitoring Sentinel-5P satellite. The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere is set for launch from...

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Journey to the launch pad

Autumn is really setting in with cool damp weather. While our team bundles up against the cold, so does the satellite. Following some electrical and RF tests (all working well!), a thermal cover was installed on the...

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Musical signing ceremony

With the fairing installed and the logos in place, yesterday each member of the launch campaign team signed the logo while Del played the bagpipes. It was very moving to read some of the comments from the...

Sealed from view

We got our last look at Sentinel-5P yesterday. Following electrical checks, the covers protecting the Tropomi instrument were removed and the two fairing halves were installed, sealing the satellite from view. It was an emotional moment for...

Last look at Sentinel-5P

After a weekend of some well-deserved R&R, the team had a busy day yesterday moving Sentinel-5P to a different cleanroom and mating it with the rocket’s upper stage. To do this, the satellite was hoisted into the...

Satellite now on launch adapter

Following successful independent testing of both the Sentinel-5p satellite and the Rockot launcher, we have now reached another phase, that of ‘joint operations’. This is the point where all teams work together to mount the satellite on...