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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 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...

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...

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...

Getting ready to fuel

After a few relaxing hours over the weekend, the team in Kourou  that are preparing Sentinel-2B for liftoff has been hard at work this week as things are being ticked off the ‘to do’ list. Enjoying some...

Checking for light

It’s been a busy week at Europe’s spaceport where Sentinel-2B is being checked and prepared for liftoff on 7 March at 01:49 GMT (02:49 CET; 22:49 local time on 6 March). Sentinel-2B has been joined to its...

Join ESA for #sentinel2go launch

Be a part of Europe’s Earth observation revolution: apply to join top Earth experts at the Sentinel-2B  launch SocialSpace on 6–7 March in Darmstadt, Germany. We are inviting social media users to apply to join us for...

Satellite fit checks and caimans

Things are progressing well at Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana where the Sentinel-2B satellite is being prepared for liftoff on 7 March at 02:49 CET (6 March 22:49 local time). After being taken out of its transport...