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Aeolus: preparing for launch

ESA’s Martin Kaspers, Product Assurance Manager for Aeolus, discusses some of the challenges they have encountered developing this state-of-the-art satellite mission. Aeolus wind satellite is being readied for its ride into space on 21 August at 21:20...

MetOp-C campaign kicks off

The MetOp-C launch campaign has kicked off with the first of three Antonovs landing at Cayenne Airport, French Guiana on 20 June. The cargo aircraft transported 11 containers of equipment for ground support and IT-infrastructure. The second...

Aeolus unveiled and switched on

Following its arrival at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 29 June, the Aeolus satellite has been taken out from its transport container, placed on its integration trolley for testing and connected to its electrical support...

Aeolus arrives safe and sound

After a 12-day journey over the Atlantic, the huge ship carrying ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite arrived safely yesterday at the Port of Cayenne in French Guiana. The team had a very early start to unload Aeolus and...

Aeolus sets sail

Today is Global Wind Day, which couldn’t be more apt for ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite to begin its voyage to the launch site in French Guiana. And, while almost all satellites journey by aircraft, Aeolus is different,...

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Last look at Sentinel-3B

On Monday, the team had a busy day moving Sentinel-3B to a different cleanroom and mating it with the rocket’s upper stage. To do this, the satellite was hoisted into the air and then lowered onto the...

Sentinel-3B meets launch adapter

Over the weekend, Sentinel-3B was mated with the launch adapter in the next steps to prepare it for launch next week. Following successful independent testing of both the satellite and the Rockot launcher, we have now reached...

Sentinel-3B fully tanked

Getting a satellite ready to be launched involves a long list of jobs, but with Sentinel-3B now fuelled, this particular ‘to do’ list is significantly shorter. And, importantly, all is on track for liftoff on 25 April!...

Join us for #Sentinel3 launch event

Be a part of Europe’s Earth observation revolution by applying to join experts at one of two Sentinel-3B launch #SocialSpace activities on 25 April. The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission is a constellation of two satellites and that’s why...

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...