Latest CryoSat Stories

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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