Tag Archives: Europe’s Spaceport

Sentinel-1A launch campaign begins!

Marking the beginning of ESA’s next launch campaign for an Earth observation mission, the Sentinel-1 satellite and its support equipment arrived safely in French Guiana yesterday. Over the next weeks, we will be preparing this new radar...

MSG-3: Gearing up for launch

With third Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-3) set to liftoff on 5 July from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the team on site has be busy over the last weeks preparing the satellite for launch. Most recently, the launch adapter has been thoroughly inspected. The adapter is an essential component as it connects the launcher with the satellite. A clamp band secures satellite to the adapter. A few minutes after launch, the clamp band opens and six springs around the upper ring push the satellite away from the adapter. This is a critical stage of the launch sequence, signalling ‘separation’.  Engineers from Thales Alenia Space have carefully checked the position of the...