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Be a part of Europe’s Earth observation revolution: apply to join top Earth experts at the Sentinel-2B  launch SocialSpace on 6–7 March in Darmstadt, Germany. We are inviting social media users to apply to join us for...

Satellite fit checks and caimans

Things are progressing well at Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana where the Sentinel-2B satellite is being prepared for liftoff on 7 March at 02:49 CET (6 March 22:49 local time). After being taken out of its transport...

Sentinel-2B unveiled

Following its arrival at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 6 January, the Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite has been removed from its transport container, placed on its trolley and hooked up to its electrical support equipment. This...

Campaign to launch Sentinel-2B begins

The second Sentinel-2 satellite, Sentinel-2B, has arrived at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Here, engineers will prepare it for liftoff, which is planned for 7 March at 02:49 CET (6 March 22:49 local time). Offering ‘colour...

Separation of Sentinel-1B

It has been four difficult days due to three launch aborts: two delays due to bad weather conditions and one because of an anomaly on the Soyuz rocket.  Finally Sentinel-1B has been placed into orbit. After months...

Sentinel-1B liftoff rescheduled for today

The technical anomaly with the launch that halted liftoff yesterday has been resolved. The aim is to launch today, 25 April at 23:02 CEST (21:02 GMT). The launch will be streamed live from Europe's Spaceport in French...

Soyuz VS14 in the mobile gantry, seen on 24 April 2016. Credit ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut

Sentinel-1B launch delayed due to anomaly

Following an anomaly observed during the countdown for the launch of Soyuz flight VS14 carrying Sentinel-1B, the countdown was halted. The launch vehicle and satellites have been switched into a completely safe standby mode. The new launch...

Sentinel-1B heads to launch tower Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut

Our Soyuz gets a drink!

Just a few minutes ago, and following a GREEN weather report from Kourou, teams from Arianespace and CNES began fuelling the Soyuz rocket that will loft Sentinel-1B into orbit this evening. Arianespace have just issued this note:...

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From encapsulation to roll out

Video showing the final steps before Sentinel-1B was rolled out to the launch pad. The Soyuz rocket also carries three CubeSats developed by teams of university students through the ESA's Eductation ‘Fly Your Satellite!’ programme.

PDGS is GO for launch

The Sentinel-1 Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) team had a pre-launch meeting at ESA's centre for Earth observation (ESRIN) on 15 April. During the briefing, each team member confirmed the status of their specific system or area...

On the pad

Yesterday, the team witnessed the roll out of the Soyuz launcher to the launch pad at Europe’s spaceport here in Kourou, French Guiana. It was an early start. Operations began with moving the mobile gantry away from...