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2010-07-01 10:20:00

Today, participants at the Living Planet Symposium have been hearing about ESA's most recently launched mission, CryoSat-2. In orbit for almost three months, the satellite is in excellent health with scientists very encouraged by the first ice-thickness data presented at the symposium. Prof. Duncan Wingham, Lead Investigator for the CryoSat mission, stated, "The satellite is in very good shape "“ exceeding in-orbit specifications, the ground segment software is fine, the system of data...

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2010-06-28 13:09:22

More than 1200 scientists from around the world have gathered in Bergen, Norway, for ESA's week-long Living Planet Symposium to present their latest findings on Earth's environment and climate using data from observation satellites. Addressing the participants, the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske underscored the importance of Earth observation saying that it is a priority for the Norwegian government and that space should be useful for society. Deputy Mayor Trude Drevland...

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2010-06-15 07:38:47

As Arctic sea-ice recedes inexorably towards another record summer minimum, scientists have highlighted the exceptional contribution that satellites have made to the International Polar Year and charting the effects of climate change. Celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of the International Polar Year (IPY), the IPY Oslo Science Conference last week drew together 2400 researchers, educators and members of northern communities "“ making it the biggest polar science meeting ever...

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2010-04-24 07:45:00

Taking advantage of NASA's 'Operation Ice Bridge' campaign, measurements of Arctic sea ice have been made from an aircraft flying directly under CryoSat-2's orbital path. These measurements offer an early opportunity to check the quality of the newly launched CryoSat-2 satellite data over sea ice. Following the launch of ESA's CryoSat-2 ice mission April 8, the satellite's Synthetic Aperture Interferometric Radar Altimeter (SIRAL) was switched on and delivered its first radar echo data on...

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2010-04-13 08:25:00

ESA's CryoSat-2 has delivered its first data just hours after ground controllers switched on the satellite's sophisticated radar instrument for the first time. CryoSat-2 was launched on April 8 and has been performing exceptionally well during these critical first few days in orbit. Europe's first mission dedicated to studying variations in our planet's ice cover entered polar orbit just minutes after launch last Thursday, marking the start of three days of intense activity. Mission...

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2010-04-09 12:37:10

ESA has awarded a contract to Eurockot for the launch of two of its Earth observation missions. The first will be the next Earth Explorer: Swarm, a constellation of three satellites to study Earth's magnetic field. With the successful launch of the CryoSat-2 Earth Explorer less than 24 hours ago, this new contract highlights ESA's commitment to learning more about Earth from the vantage point of space. The contract covers the launch of ESA's Swarm magnetic-field mission and a 'ticket' for one...

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2010-04-08 10:15:00

The CryoSat-2 satellite, which will monitor the impact of global climate change on marine ice in the North and South poles, was successfully launched at 8:57 CDT Thursday morning. According to an April 8 European Space Agency (ESA) press release, CryoSat-2 was propelled into space "on a Dnepr rocket provided by the International Space Company Kosmotras from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The signal confirming that it had separated from the launcher came 17 minutes later from the...

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2010-04-07 09:15:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) is preparing to launch a satellite that should provide insight into the effect of climate change on the thickness of polar marine ice. CryoSat-2, which will launch on April 8 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, will monitor ice packs in Greenland and Antarctica from a height of approximately 435 miles in the air. Using the data obtained from the satellite, ESA scientists are hoping to find out just what kind of affect global warming is having on the...

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2010-04-06 10:40:00

A timeline of the most critical events around the launch of ESA's CryoSat-2 satellite, scheduled for 15:57 CEST on Thursday, April 8, 2010. CryoSat-2 will be placed into orbit 717 km above Earth by a Russian Dnepr rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. About 16 minutes after launch, scheduled for 15:57 CEST, CryoSat-2 will separate from the upper stage of the booster. Just a few seconds later, the satellite's radio transmitter will automatically come to life and...

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2010-04-01 13:10:30

In readiness for launch on April 8, ESA's CryoSat-2 ice satellite has now joined the rest of the Dnepr rocket in the launch silo at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The 'space head module' was transported from the integration facilities to the underground launch silo this morning. Although it is only 7 km between the two sites, the specialized lorry, nicknamed the 'crocodile', takes well over an hour to complete the journey. The crocodile is equipped with a container that is positioned...