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ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Germany is ‘green’ and ready for launch following the pre-launch meeting. The operations systems, satellite and launcher are all good. MetOp-B, Europe’s latest polar-orbiting weather satellite, is set to launch from Baikonur tomorrow at 18:28 … Continue reading
From Damiano (ESA), Baikonur, 14 September Yesterday, MetOp reached another milestone on its way to life in space. The final integration with the launcher had been successful and everything was ready for the roll out to the launch pad. The … Continue reading
From ESA’s launch campaign team, Baikonur, 14 September. The pictures say it all … MetOp safely rolled out to the launch pad and the weather looks just perfect!
Successful integration of the upper composite, containing MetOp-B and the Fregat, with the Soyuz Block I
Taken from EUMETSAT, 12 September The mechanical integration of the Upper Composite with Soyuz Block was performed successfully on 11 September, and electrical tests are now underway. Weighing about 12 tonnes (12,000 kilos), the Upper Composite was carefully lifted with … Continue reading
From Damiano (ESA), Baikonur, 10 September MetOp-B is in its Soyuz fairing ready to be transported to the Mik-40 for integration on the launcher. It’s been a very busy two weeks here in Baikonur. Getting closer to the end of … Continue reading
From Marcello (ESA), Baikonur, 7 August. Activities to prepare the satellite for launch have been running flat out since we resumed the campaign. Many people from the different teams have now arrived to help finalise the campaign. Consequently, one more important … Continue reading
Katja (ESA) tells us how the launch campaign team enjoy their one free day every week As Damiano mentioned in the previous MetOp blog, many of us are spending the summer in hot Baikonur. I can think of lots of … Continue reading
From Damiano (ESA) 25 July Around three months since the MetOp launch campaign was put on-hold, we are restarting the launch campaign. The first members of the team arrived here in Baikonur on 10 July. Since then, every week, different … Continue reading
Following yesterday’s successful lift off, the launch campaign in Kourou is now drawing to a close. The team in ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, is carrying out important checks on the MSG-3 as part of the Launch … Continue reading
Ariane 5 lifted on at 23:36 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana carrying MSG-3 and EchoStar.