Big bird arrives at Cayenne airport. (ESA/C. Wildner)

Sentinel-2 rests after long journey

Pouring rain and very warm equatorial temperatures greeted the huge Antonov cargo plane carrying Sentinel-2 when it touched down at Cayenne airport in French Guiana yesterday. The team had a very early start as they were there...

Sentinel-2A leaves IABG heading for French Guiana. (ESA/L. Cane)

On the road to launch

Sentinel-2A is now on its way to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. Packed in its special transport container the satellite has been taken by truck from IABG’s facilities to Munich airport. Along with four other...

‘Colour vision’ photo competition

‘Colour vision’ photo competition application form

The competition calls for photographs representing the theme ‘colour vision’ together with one or more of the Sentinel-2 application areas. Application areas include vegetation (or lack of), agriculture, changing landscapes and inland and coastal water bodies. Photos will...

Shipment container being lowered over Sentinel-2A at IABG in Germany. (ESA–L. Cane)

Time to pack up

After six months of being rigorously tested at IABG’s facilities in Germany, the Sentinel-2A satellite has been placed in the container that will keep it safe during transit to Europe’s Spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana. The...

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Testing Sentinel-2A

Wolfgang Pitz from Airbus Defence and Space joins the 'Earth from Space' video programme in the cleanroom at IABG in Munich to discuss testing the Sentinel-2A satellite.

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...

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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 ar...

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