Posted on February 20, 2017 by Kelsea
Sentinel-2B in the launch tower
Two weeks before liftoff, Sentinel-2B is in position high up in the launch tower at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. On Saturday, the upper composite carrying the Sentinel-2B satellite was taken from the integration facility to...
Posted on February 17, 2017 by Daniel
Participant list nearly complete
During the open application period ending 1 February, we received some 275 valid applications from 47 countries on all continents (except Antarctica, of course).
Posted on February 16, 2017 by Honora
Sentinel-2B sealed from view
The team at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, have now said “au revoir” to the satellite they have spent years building and testing as it was encapsulated in the Vega rocket fairing. The fairing will not...
Posted on February 14, 2017 by Daniel
Green for Sentinel-2B liftoff
All systems – the spacecraft, the launcher and the ground segment – and the teams are ready to support Sentinel-2B launch on 6 March, at 22:49 Kourou time.
Posted on February 7, 2017 by Honora
The process of fuelling the Sentinel-2B satellite is underway. This is an extremely hazardous and delicate task so it’s only the fuelling experts, wearing special suits, allowed anywhere near the satellite at this time. This milestone task...
Posted on February 1, 2017 by Honora
Sentinel-2B moved for fuelling
The Sentinel-2B satellite is now ready to be fuelled and has been moved to a different part of the launch site for this hazardous task. This involved lifting the satellite off its trolley and placing it within...
Posted on January 25, 2017 by Honora
Getting ready to fuel
After a few relaxing hours over the weekend, the team in Kourou that are preparing Sentinel-2B for liftoff has been hard at work this week as things are being ticked off the ‘to do’ list. Enjoying some...
Posted on January 20, 2017 by Honora
Checking for light
It’s been a busy week at Europe’s spaceport where Sentinel-2B is being checked and prepared for liftoff on 7 March at 01:49 GMT (02:49 CET; 22:49 local time on 6 March). Sentinel-2B has been joined to its...
Posted on January 18, 2017 by Honora
Join ESA for #sentinel2go launch
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...
Posted on January 17, 2017 by Honora
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...
Posted on January 12, 2017 by Honora
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...
Posted on January 9, 2017 by Honora
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...