Liftoff for Swarm!
Launched on schedule at 13:02 from Plesetsk. Good luck for the rest of the journey into orbit!
Swarm launch (ESA)
Swarm launch postponed
All three Swarm satellites in vertical positions, ready to join the launch adapter. The constellation is being prepared for launch in Plesetsk, Russia.
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).
Mission Elapsed Time
||L0 – 16:00:00
||Launch timeline begins
||L0 - 04:00:00
||State Commission meeting authorising launcher fuelling
||L0 - 03:30:00
||Start of launcher fuelling
||L0 - 01:30:00
||Start of launcher 3-stage automatic sequence
||L0 – 01:13:00
||Start of media event at EUMETSAT HQ
||L0 - 00:45:00
||Service tower removal
||L0 - 00:00:40
||Release of umbilical mast
||L0 - 00:00:20
||L0 - 00:00:17
||L0 – 00:00:00
|Trajectory Outside Visual Distance
||L0 + 00:01:58
||First stage (booster) separation
||L0 + 00:04:48
||Second stage separation
||L0 + 00:04:49
||L0 + 00:08.49
||Nose Module separation
||L0 + 00:09:49
||Fregat 1st burn start
|Metop separation from Fregat upper stage
||L0 + 01:09:06
||Solar Array release & primary deployment start (MAL)
||Separation (via KER)
||L0 + 01:41
||Solar Array secondary deployment (ESR)
||L0 + 01:52
||End of LEOP on-board automatic sequence (ESR)
||L0 + 01:53
||Platform searching for earth direction (Course –> FAM1) (ALS)
||L0 + 02:21
||(Approx.) Solar Array rotation starts (Hawaii / KER)
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.
MSG-3 now encapsulated in the Ariane 5 fairing