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2010-03-31 13:36:43

With only seven days to go before launch, CryoSat-2 encapsulated within the Dnepr launcher's space head module has been loaded back onto the 'crocodile' in readiness for transportation to the launch silo tomorrow. The last launch vehicle electrical tests were completed yesterday and the green light was subsequently given to move the space head to the underground silo. In addition, the payload fairing, which is the very upper tip of the rocket, was prepared for transport. The procedure for...

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2010-03-25 13:58:54

The task of having to babysit CryoSat has now officially ended with the arrival of the launch campaign team back in Baikonur. Throughout the month-long babysitting period, CryoSat-2 remained encapsulated within the Dnepr space head module in the cleanroom. The two-man team checked the satellite every day, usually at the same time the facility was being cleaned. This daily inspection included checking the satellite's batteries and temperature, as well as the temperature of the facility. With...

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2010-03-19 10:50:00

A technical issue that delayed the February launch of the European Space Agency's (ESA) climate satellite has been fixed, the agency reports, opening the door for a new April 8 projected launch. The Earth Explorer CryoSat-2, which initially was set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last month before fuel reserve problems were discovered, will measure the shape and thickness of ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic. The information gathered from the satellite should, over...

2010-02-27 07:56:41

As ESA's Mission Scientist for CryoSat, Mark Drinkwater's role in supporting the preparation of the mission has been to ensure that the satellite and data processing systems are compatible with achieving the mission's objectives of deriving accurate measurements of ice-thickness change. Mark Drinkwater, a British national, trained as a geophysicist and performed early pioneering research in the use of altimeter measurements over polar ice. He currently heads the Mission Science Division at...

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2010-02-24 07:38:55

Following last week's announcement that there would be a launch delay, the space head module encasing CryoSat-2 has been removed from the launcher and returned to the integration facilities. Last Thursday afternoon, the team out in Baikonur were preparing for the launch 'dress rehearsal' when they heard that the launch would be delayed. The delay is due to the fact that some parameters relating to fuel ratio in the launcher's second stage could be optimized to improve the reliability of...

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2010-02-19 09:55:00

The launch of ESA's CryoSat-2 satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, scheduled for February 25, has been delayed due to a concern related to the second stage steering engine of the Dnepr launcher. Although the fuel supply of the second stage engine should be sufficient to get CryoSat into orbit, the fuel reserve is not as large as they would like it to be, according to the Ukrainian company Yuzhnoye, who developed and is responsible for the launcher. The situation is being...

2010-02-18 09:15:09

As Satellite Prime Contractor for CryoSat, EADS Astrium has led a consortium of 30 firms from Europe, the U.S. and Russia to design and build the satellite. In his role as Astrium Prime Project Manager, Klaus Köble has been leading these efforts for the past three years. Klaus Köble, a German national, joined Astrium Friedrichshafen (DORNIER Satellite Systems at that time) in 1988. He gained several years of experience in design and assembly of Earth observation satellites and...

2010-02-17 09:44:57

The original proposal to build a satellite that would measure ice-thickness change came from Prof. Duncan Wingham in 1998. His role as Lead Investigator for CryoSat has been to maintain the scientific integrity of ESA's ice mission "“ from the drawing board through to a real satellite mission. Duncan Wingham, a British national, is Professor of Climate Physics at University College London (UCL) where he is Head of the Department of Earth Sciences. He was the first Director of the Centre...

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2010-02-15 08:53:04

The European Space Agency is about to launch the most sophisticated satellite ever to investigate the Earth's ice fields and map ice thickness over water and land: lift-off scheduled for February 25. ESA's ice mission satellite CryoSat will be placed into orbit 700 km above Earth by a Russian Dnepr rocket to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Lift-off is scheduled to take place at 14:57 CET (13:57 UTC) on Thursday February 25, 2010. The launcher is operated by the...

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2010-02-11 08:00:23

As preparations for the launch of ESA's ice mission on February 25 continue on schedule, an important milestone has just been reached with the team at the Baikonur Cosmodrome saying farewell to CryoSat-2 as it was encapsulated in the rocket's 'space head module'. This milestone is the culmination of over three weeks of work testing the satellite at the launch site in Kazakhstan. Now, sealing CryoSat-2 from view, the protective fairing will not be released until just over 16 minutes after...