Monthly Archives: February 2017

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...

#Sentinel2Go Credit: ESA & Remco!

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).

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...

Sentinel-2 carries a high-resolution multispectral optical imager to monitor changes in vegetation for Europe's environmental monitoring Copernicus programme. Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab

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.

Tanking Sentinel-2B

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...

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...