Tag Archives: Antonov

On the road to launch

Sentinel-2A is now on its way to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. Packed in its special transport container the satellite has been taken by truck from IABG’s facilities to Munich airport. Along with four other...

MetOp launch campaign takes off

From Damiano Serlenga (ESA), Baikonur Cosmodrome, 6 March 2012 We have arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. We flew on an Antonov cargo aircraft from Toulouse, France along with several containers of ground support equipment we need to prepare MetOp-B for launch on 23 May. The shipment from France to Kazakhstan was made by three Antonov cargo aircraft. The first carried 12 containers of equipment needed to prepare the satellite for launch, the second carried the MetOp-B satellite (the payload module and service module) along with another 6 containers and the third flight carried MetOp-B’s solar array and 10 more containers.  The journey hasn’t been easy as the weather caused delays....