Posted on May 9, 2015 by Honora
The launch campaign ‘to do’ list is gradually getting shorter as preparations continue to ready Sentinel-2A for liftoff next month. As well as continued alignment tests the satellite’s multilayer insulation, which helps keep it at the right...
Posted on April 29, 2015 by Honora
Since Sentinel-2’s multispectral imager is an optical instrument (like a camera), it won’t work if light gets inside. So, one of the tests yesterday was a ‘light tightness’ test, which involved placing lamps around the instrument to...
Posted on April 28, 2015 by Daniel
The Sentinel-2 Mission Control Team are conducting intensive simulation training at ESOC in Darmstadt today, preparing for launch in June.
Posted on April 27, 2015 by Honora
Following Sentinel-2A’s safe arrival in the cleanroom near the launch site in Kourou, the satellite has been removed from its container and each of the satellite components have been switched on to check everything is ok after...
Posted on April 22, 2015 by Honora
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...
Posted on April 21, 2015 by Honora
Watch Sentinel-2 shipment being loaded onto Antonov
Watch the Sentinel-2 shipment being loaded onto the Volga-Dnepr aircraft at Munich airport on 20 April.
Posted on April 20, 2015 by Honora
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...
Posted on April 13, 2015 by mariangela
‘Colour vision’ photo competition
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. The ‘colour...
Posted on April 9, 2015 by Honora
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...
Posted on April 8, 2015 by Honora
Great time-lapse shows Sentinel-2 stretch before being ...
Once in space, Sentinel-2A will open its solar wing to generate the power it needs to carry out the task of monitoring Earth’s vegetation. Engineers have recently made sure this move is well rehearsed before the satellite...
Posted on March 3, 2015 by Kelsea
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.
Posted on April 9, 2014 by Honora
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...