MSG-4 liftoff (ESA/CNES/Arianespace)

MSG-4 weather satellite delivered into orbit

The last weather satellite in Europe’s highly successful Meteosat Second Generation series lifted off on an Ariane 5 launcher at 21:42 GMT (23:42 CEST) on 15 July from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The two-satellite MSG system...

Arianespace flight VA224 carrying MSG-4 on the launch pad on launch day. (ESA/M. Shafiq)

MSG-4 ready and waiting

Yesterday, the Ariane 5 launcher carrying the MSG-4 satellite was rolled out to the launch pad at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The launcher began its gentle journey from the encapsulation facility at 11:40 local time...

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MSG-4 launch timeline

On 15 July, a powerful Ariane launcher will loft Europe’s final Meteosat Second Generation weather satellite into orbit from Kourou, French Guiana. For the mission control team at ESA, liftoff will mark the end of months of...

First image from Sentinel-2A: Northwest Italy and southern France (Credits: Copernicus data (2015)/ESA)

Sentinel-2 delivers first images

Just four days after launch, Sentinel-2A delivered its first images of Earth. With a swath width of 290 km, the satellite’s first acquisition began in Sweden and made a strip-like observation through central Europe and the Mediterranean, ending...

Winning picture of the Sentinel-2 competition (M.A. Richardson)

Photo contest winner recalls Sentinel-2A launch

Winner of the ‘Colour vision’ photo competition, Michael Angelo Richardson from the Netherlands, tells us about his trip to ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany, to watch the launch of Sentinel-2A. After winning ESA’s photo competition I...

Liftoff of Vega VV05 carrying Sentinel-2A. (ESA–M. Pedoussaut, 2015)

Second Copernicus environmental satellite safely in orb...

ESA PR N° 21–2015: The ESA-developed Sentinel satellite – Sentinel-2A – was launched today, adding a high-resolution optical imaging capability to the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system. The 1.1 tonne satellite was carried on a Vega...

Liftoff replay
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Sentinel-2 liftoff replay

Watch the replay of Sentinel-2A lift off from Kourou: http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2015/06/Sentinel-2A_liftoff