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A day of separation

After a long day that started at 06:32:00 with the request for authorisation to start the countdown, we continued with the well-sequenced activities for the launch pad preparation, the satellite switch-on, all the way to its launch...

Sentinel-1 Credit: ESA/ATG Media Lab

Sentinel-1A launch timeline

Find below a detailed timeline for the launch of Sentinel-1A on 3 April 2014. Lift off is set for 21:02:31 GMT (23:02:31 CEST) on board Soyuz ST flight VS07 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. This...

Liftoff for Swarm!

Launched on schedule at 13:02 from Plesetsk. Good luck for the rest of the journey into orbit!

Swarm launch postponed

The launch of Swarm has been postponed by about a week. The announcement from the mission’s launch service provider, Eurockot, follows the decision to replace a unit in the Breeze upper stage of the Rockot launcher. Originally scheduled for 14 November, the launch is expected to be delayed by about one week. More details will be given as they become available.

MetOp-B launch – Annotated timeline

Find below an annotated timeline of the most important steps in today’s MetOp-B launch via Soyuz from Baikonur. Note all times are forecast and subject to change. Ground stations in use include: Malindi (MAL), Kerguelen (KER), Esrange (ESR), Alaska (ASK) and Hawaii (HWI). Time CEST/Baikonur MET Mission Elapsed Time Event 02:28/06:28 L0 – 16:00:00 Launch timeline begins 14:28/18:28 L0 – 04:00:00 State Commission meeting authorising launcher fuelling 14:58/18:58 L0 – 03:30:00 Start of launcher fuelling 16:58/20:58 L0 – 01:30:00 Start of launcher 3-stage automatic sequence 17:15/21:15 L0 – 01:13:00 Start of media event at EUMETSAT HQ 17:43/21:43 L0 – 00:45:00 Service tower removal 18:27/22:27 L0 – 00:00:40 Release of umbilical mast 18:27/22:27...

MSG-3 encapsulated in the Ariane 5 fairing

Encapsulation of the MSG satellite went ahead as planned on 27 June. This means that the configuration of the launcher is now complete with MSG and its co-passenger, EchoStar, inside the rocket’s faring. EchoStar is in upper position in the fairing and MSG below. With this new milestone complete, the final steps before launch on 5 July will include functional tests, launch rehearsal, readiness review and rollout to the launch pad.