Sentinel-2 carries a high-resolution multispectral optical imager to monitor changes in vegetation for Europe's environmental monitoring Copernicus programme. Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab

Green for Sentinel-2B liftoff

All systems – the spacecraft, the launcher and the ground segment – and the teams are ready to support Sentinel-2B launch on 6 March, at 22:49 Kourou time.

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...

Sentinel-2B unveiled

Following its arrival at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 6 January, the Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite has been removed from its transport container, placed on its trolley and hooked up to its electrical support equipment. This...

Campaign to launch Sentinel-2B begins

The second Sentinel-2 satellite, Sentinel-2B, has arrived at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Here, engineers will prepare it for liftoff, which is planned for 7 March at 02:49 CET (6 March 22:49 local time). Offering ‘colour...

Separation of Sentinel-1B

It has been four difficult days due to three launch aborts: two delays due to bad weather conditions and one because of an anomaly on the Soyuz rocket.  Finally Sentinel-1B has been placed into orbit. After months...

Sentinel-1B liftoff rescheduled for today

The technical anomaly with the launch that halted liftoff yesterday has been resolved. The aim is to launch today, 25 April at 23:02 CEST (21:02 GMT). The launch will be streamed live from Europe’s Spaceport in French...