Aeolus: remove before flight

When preparing a satellite for launch, the engineers use big red tags to mark components that must be removed before the satellite is encapsulated in the rocket fairing and launched. The idea is to remove these components...

Aeolus: engineer or surgeon?

The Aeolus launch campaign team at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, reports that the ‘functional tests’ has been done and that Aeolus is working well. The satellite is held in a vertical position, allowing engineers to...

Aeolus: shiny telescope, hairy spider

With the campaign to launch ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite on 21 August well underway, the satellite’s telescope has been opened and expected to make sure it is perfectly clean and shiny. While Aeolus’ novel laser technology is...

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: on track

It’s been a week since ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite set sail from France for its launch site in French Guiana. With arrival expected to be 28 June, this latest Earth Explorer mission still has to spend another...

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,...

Sentinel-3B: Time to go home

With the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite safely in orbit and with the good news that the launch and early orbit phase was finished in record time – and following a launch campaign that lasted 49 days, it’s time...

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Sentinel-3B: Campaign highlights in video

The Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite spent six weeks at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia being carefully prepared for liftoff. After being shipped from France to the launch site, the satellite was tested, joined to the rocket launch adapter,...

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Sentinel-3B launched for Copernicus

The second Sentinel-3 satellite, Copernicus Sentinel-3B, was launched today, joining its identical twin Sentinel-3A in orbit. This pairing of satellites increases coverage and data delivery for the European Union’s Copernicus environment programme. The 1150 kg Sentinel-3B satellite...

Sentinel-3B: Ready for liftoff

With Sentinel-3B sitting and waiting patiently for liftoff and the launch dress rehearsal done, most of us had a day off yesterday – and now we are all rested and ready for tonight’s launch! Monday’s dress rehearsal...