Monthly Archives: March 2017

Sunrise at midnight

Editor’s note: This post was contributed by Dieter Pikulski, who won the Copernicus Masters GEO Illustration Challenge. Part of his prize was a trip to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou to witness the launch of Sentinel-2B. If you...

Time to head home

With the Sentinel-2B satellite now safely in orbit around Earth, the team at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou spent the weekend packing up to return to Europe. They have been there since the beginning of January and although...

Sentinel-2B in orbit

The ESA-developed Sentinel-2B satellite was launched today, doubling the coverage of high-resolution optical imaging in the Sentinel-2 mission for the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system. The 1.1 tonne satellite was carried into orbit on a Vega...

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Sentinel-2B liftoff replay

  Watch the replay of Sentinel-2B liftoff from Kourou. http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2017/03/Sentinel-2B_liftoff

Sentinel-2B on Vega Credit: ESA/ATG Medialablab)

Watch Sentinel-2B launch event live

Live from ESA’s Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany: follow the event to celebrate the launch of the second satellite for the Copernicus  ‘colour vision’ mission, Sentinel-2. The second in the two-satellite mission, Sentinel-2B, is set...

Payload Data Ground Segment GO for launch!

The Sentinel-2 Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) team had a pre-launch meeting at ESA’s Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) on 24 February. During the briefing, each team member declared the status of their specific system or area...

Carnival and training

With just a few days to go before Sentinel-2B is launched into orbit around Earth, activities at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, have focussed mainly on the launcher – giving the team a little time to...