Latest CryoSat Stories

2009-10-02 19:35:00

As part of ESA's Earth Observation Program and its continuing endeavor to address critical Earth science issues, the Agency has released an opportunity for scientists to submit proposals for the eighth Earth Explorer mission. By focusing on science and research, the Earth Explorer series of missions is being flown to improve our understanding of how the Earth system works and how human activity affects natural Earth processes. Earth Explorer missions also test cutting-edge technology for...

2009-09-14 13:03:18

The European Space Agency says it has set a new launch date of Feb. 28 for its CryoSat mission, which was originally to have been launched in December. The ESA said the planned launch had to be re-scheduled due to the limited availability of facilities at the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan. The satellite has already spent over six months in storage waiting for a launch opportunity, said Richard Francis, the ESA's CyroSat project manager. We restarted test activities in April hoping to...

2009-09-14 07:29:35

As members of the media visit IABG's spacecraft test center in Germany to learn more about ESA's CryoSat mission and view the satellite, a new target launch date of February 28, 2010 has been announced. The slip, from the planned launch date of December this year, is due to the limited availability of facilities at the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan, which is particularly busy at the moment. Richard Francis, ESA's Project Manager for CryoSat, commented that, "Naturally we are...

2009-09-04 10:43:37

On Monday September 14 media representatives will have the opportunity to attend an in-depth CryoSat background briefing at IABG's spacecraft test center in Ottobrunn near Munich, Germany. Project managers from ESA and industry, as well as scientists and other experts, will give presentations on the spacecraft and its scientific objectives and will be available for individual interviews. The program (see below) includes a visit to the cleanroom to see the satellite at first hand before it is...

2009-08-07 12:35:00

An Earth observation mission does not just involve the building of a satellite, it also includes the all-important infrastructure to control the satellite and handle the data "“ the ground segment. As ESA prepares for the launch of CryoSat-2 at the end of the year, its associated ground segment is now ready. ESA's ice mission CryoSat-2 is due to launch on a Dnepr rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in December. CryoSat-2 replaces the original CryoSat satellite, which...

2009-05-05 13:31:02

With ESA's family of Earth observation missions expanding, it makes sense to share operations engineers across satellites and conduct mission control from a combined Dedicated Control Room. The move is increasing efficiency, enhancing effectiveness and generating improved economic returns. Flight control teams operating Envisat and ERS-2 have long worked out of a combined Earth Observation (EO) Dedicated Control Room (DCR) at ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre, enabling spacecraft...

2009-03-13 06:00:00

ESA is about to launch the most sophisticated of Earth Observation satellites to investigate the Earth's gravitational field with unprecedented resolution and accuracy. GOCE data will be crucial for obtaining accurate measurements of ocean circulation and sea-level change, both of which are affected by climate change. The data will help to better understand processes occurring inside the Earth which are linked to volcanoes and earthquakes. The "Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation...

2009-01-16 07:50:00

With three Earth Explorer satellites set to launch this year, another three under construction and up to three more about to be selected for feasibility study, 2009 promises to be a significant year for ESA's contribution to Earth science "“ paving the way to a clearer understanding of how our planet works. Understanding how the Earth works and the way in which natural processes respond to global climate change is a major challenge facing science today. Encompassing a new approach...

2008-12-22 08:45:00

The idea of a white Christmas may seem magical for many of us, but spare a thought for a team of scientists forgoing the festive season to take part in a novel campaign being carried out in one of the most inhospitable regions on Earth to support ESA's ice mission CryoSat. German scientists from the Technical University of Dresden and the Alfred Wegener Institute are spending up to four months venturing out onto the vast frozen reaches of what is known as the 'blue ice' region near the...

2008-12-03 13:37:25

The European Space Agency says it has paired its European Remote Sensing-2 satellite with its Envisat satellite in their second tandem operation. ERS-2, the space agency's veteran spacecraft, and Envisat, the largest environmental satellite ever built, both carry Synthetic Aperture Radar instruments that provide high resolution images of the Earth's surface. By combining two or more SAR images of the same site, slight alterations that may have occurred between acquisitions can be detected,...

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