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Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit

The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel‑5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST)...

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Sentinel-5P liftoff

The atmosphere-monitoring satellite for Europe’s Copernicus programme, Sentinel-5P, lifted off on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) on 13 October 2017.

Green for launch

The team in Plesetsk has been busy with final preparations before launch. On Wednesday the booster was fuelled. Yesterday, the team charged the battery and continued with packing. The Launch Readiness Review was also held, and concluded...

Watch the Sentinel-5P launch event live

Live from ESA’s technical heart in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, follow the event to celebrate the launch of the air quality monitoring Sentinel-5P satellite. The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere is set for launch from...

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Journey to the launch pad

Autumn is really setting in with cool damp weather. While our team bundles up against the cold, so does the satellite. Following some electrical and RF tests (all working well!), a thermal cover was installed on the...

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Musical signing ceremony

With the fairing installed and the logos in place, yesterday each member of the launch campaign team signed the logo while Del played the bagpipes. It was very moving to read some of the comments from the...

Last look at Sentinel-5P

After a weekend of some well-deserved R&R, the team had a busy day yesterday moving Sentinel-5P to a different cleanroom and mating it with the rocket’s upper stage. To do this, the satellite was hoisted into the...

Last steps to launch

Sentinel-2A is the second satellite for Europe’s environmental monitoring Copernicus programme and is currently being readied for launch on 12 June 2015.

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...

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

Unpacking and getting organised

Most of the activities that we had planned for today were carried out despite the fact that we had some delays because we couldn’t use the main hall for two hours as the Russian military was busy...