Luisella and Pier-Paolo on shift. (ESA)

A night shift like never before

One might think One might think that after being able to bring the launch date forward from 15 to 3 April (since when do launch dates come forward?), that after successfully achieving the shortest launch campaign in...

Watching the launch. (M. Oldfield)

Mike Oldfield watches Sentinel-1 launch

As he promised, Mike Oldfield, a world-renowned musician and big space fan, watched the launch of Sentinel-1 on 3 April. The video shows Mike and his two young boys watching the liftoff from their home in the...

Sentinel-1's selfie from space. (ESA)

Sentinel-1 sends back 'selfie' with open arms

Following its launch yesterday, Sentinel-1A has performed a carefully choreographed 10-hour dance routine to open its large radar antenna and solar wings. This picture was acquired by one of its onboard cameras. Viewed looking down one of...

Ramón Torres and team members in the Jupiter Control Room, Kourou, French Guiana. (ESA)

A day of separation

After a long day that started at 06:32:00 with the request for authorisation to start the countdown, we continued with the well-sequenced activities for the launch pad preparation, the satellite switch-on, all the way to its launch...

Sentinel-1 liftoff!

Sentinel-1 lifts off

Sentinel-1A lifted off on a Soyuz launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST) on 3 April 2014.

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Mission control team photo

The team that will fly the Sentinel-1 mission starting just after separation tonight! Official team photo, taken at ESOC yesterday. Credit: ESA/J. Mai

Encapsulation. (ESA–Ramón Torres)

ESA ground tracking network supports Soyuz VS07 today

In addition to tracking satellites in Earth orbit (or 5AU away in deep space), ESA's Estrack station network can also receive signals from launchers. Today, a team of ESA engineers from ESOC supported by an industry contractor...

Soyuz being positioned in launch tower. (ESA–S. Corvaja)

Ready for launch!

With Sentinel-1A is now sitting patiently atop the Soyuz rocket, liftoff from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana is set for today at  23:02 CEST (21:02 GMT) Official authorisation to launch was given following yesterday’s Arianespace pre-launch review....

Sentinel-1 Credit: ESA/ATG Media Lab

Sentinel-1A launch timeline

Find below a detailed timeline for the launch of Sentinel-1A on 3 April 2014. Lift off is set for 21:02:31 GMT (23:02:31 CEST) on board Soyuz ST flight VS07 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. This...

Soyuz roll out to launch pad. (ESA–S. Corvaja)

Connect with us for the Sentinel-1 launch

As part of the Copernicus programme, Sentinel-1A is the first of a two-satellite mission that will image land and oceans using highly precise radar, enabling the pair to acquire imagery regardless of weather. Lift off is set...

Sentinel-1A launch team at ESOC on L-1 day. Credit: ESA/J. Mai

Mission control team at ESOC today

After the final preflight briefing held at 12:00GMT today at ESOC, the Sentinel-1A Mission Control Team gathered with the extended 'team of teams' that support launches for the traditional team photo. During the briefing, each team presented...

Encapsulation. (ESA–Ramón Torres)

Last look at Sentinel-1A

Our campaign to prepare Sentinel-1A for launch is nearing an end as the satellite has now been encapsulated in the Soyuz rocket fairing and set to be transferred to the launch pad. On Wednesday 28 March the...