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Tweet Following Friday’s successful launch, the next critical milestone has been reached – the launch and early orbit phase, LEOP, is complete and the mission is now being commissioned. Immediately following separation, the three satellites started transmitting their first signals … Continue reading
Tweet Launched on schedule at 13:02 from Plesetsk. Good luck for the rest of the journey into orbit!
Tweet In anticipation of a successful launch today – of course you need cake! Victoria Anne Ridley (left) and Dr Ciaran Beggan (right), geomagnetic field researchers from the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, UK, celebrate today’s Swarm launch with a … Continue reading
Tweet News just in 18:30 (CET): the Rockot launcher is now fully fuelled – ready and waiting to take the three Swarm satellites into orbit.
Tweet The day before launch, and the process of fuelling the Rockot launcher that will take Swarm into orbit has started at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. Yesterday evening the State Commission authorised the go-ahead to fuel the launcher. This formal authorisation … Continue reading
Tweet From Catherine (ESA), 19 November 2013 So, a recap on the last couple of days, which have been very busy. On Sunday, the satellites were safely encapsulated in the fairing – it looked a very snug fit! The process … Continue reading
Tweet From Catherine (ESA) 18 November It’s been a busy weekend. Following the satellite assembly being joined to the Rockot Breeze upper stage on Friday, the next task was to remove all the red tagged items. Parts that have to … Continue reading
Tweet 15 November 2013 The pictures below show how the Swarm satellite assembly was lifted, positioned and joined to the Rockot Breeze upper stage of the launcher. All this took place yesterday. The next step will be to fix the … Continue reading
Tweet From Catherine (ESA), 13 November 2013 A hoisting device has been built around the three-satellite and launch adapter assembly. This will be used to lift the assembly onto the Breeze upper stage of the Rockot launcher. Putting the hoisting … Continue reading
Tweet From Catherine (ESA), 7 November 2013 All three satellites have been now successfully mounted on the launch adapter. On Tuesday, Swarm FM3 followed the same path as Swarm SM2 from the trolley to the flight bracket template. The new … Continue reading