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Aeolus in launch tower

ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite is poised for liftoff from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. This latest Earth Explorer satellite has been at the launch site since early July being readied for its ride into space on...

Aeolus on a roll

After being sealed within its Vega rocket fairing, Aeolus has been rolled out to the launch pad at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Here it will join the rest of the rocket in the launch tower...

Aeolus: sealed and signed

As preparations for the launch of ESA’s latest Earth Explorer continue on track, the team at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana has bid farewell to the Aeolus satellite as it was sealed from view in its Vega...

MetOp-C: satellite is whole

Following the arrival of the MetOp-C at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at the end of June, the team has been busy testing and preparing the satellite for launch. While activities are currently running on schedule,...

Aeolus fuelled

With liftoff less than three weeks away, ESA’s Aeolus satellite has been fuelled and is almost ready to be sealed within its Vega rocket fairing. Getting a satellite ready to be launched involves a long list of...

Aeolus: clean for the big day

Usually work is well and truly focused on cleanroom activities, but today some of the Aeolus team in Kourou were lucky enough to get a view of the launch of four Galileo on an Ariane 5. Galileo...

Aeolus: remove before flight

When preparing a satellite for launch, the engineers use big red tags to mark components that must be removed before the satellite is encapsulated in the rocket fairing and launched. The idea is to remove these components...

Aeolus: engineer or surgeon?

The Aeolus launch campaign team at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, reports that the ‘functional tests’ has been done and that Aeolus is working well. The satellite is held in a vertical position, allowing engineers to...

Aeolus: shiny telescope, hairy spider

With the campaign to launch ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite on 21 August well underway, the satellite’s telescope has been opened and expected to make sure it is perfectly clean and shiny. While Aeolus’ novel laser technology is...

Aeolus: on track

It’s been a week since ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite set sail from France for its launch site in French Guiana. With arrival expected to be 28 June, this latest Earth Explorer mission still has to spend another...

Sentinel-3B: Time to go home

With the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite safely in orbit and with the good news that the launch and early orbit phase was finished in record time – and following a launch campaign that lasted 49 days, it’s time...

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Sentinel-3B: Campaign highlights in video

The Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite spent six weeks at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia being carefully prepared for liftoff. After being shipped from France to the launch site, the satellite was tested, joined to the rocket launch adapter,...