Latest CryoSat Stories

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...

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...

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...

2010-02-08 09:48:43

Richard Francis has been responsible for managing ESA's CryoSat Project since the decision was made to rebuild the satellite following the loss of the original CryoSat in 2005. Prior to his role as Project Manager, he was in charge of the CryoSat mission design as System Manager. ESA: You have been involved in the CryoSat mission since it was selected in 1999, how has your role changed over the years? Richard Francis: 1999! It seems so long ago now "“ over 10 years. At that time the...

2010-02-02 12:35:00

In an effort to monitor the behavior of the world's oceans, Europe has committed to build the next Jason altimeter spacecraft -- a decision that should guarantee the continuation of a remarkable 18-year record of sea-surface shape until late in the decade, BBC News reported. The recent steady 3mm per year rise in global sea level has been tracked by the Jason series. The data has become invaluable to oceanographers, weather forecasters and climatologists. Eumetsat, which looks after Europe's...

2010-01-29 14:18:35

The task of preparing a satellite for launch does not always go according to plan, as the launch campaign team in Baikonur has just experienced. Encountering a tricky problem, an ingenious solution was found by calling on the services of a local medical surgeon. Scheduled to be launched on February 25, ESA's CryoSat-2 Earth Explorer satellite is undergoing testing at the launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. However, during the course of the testing program the team found that there was a...

2010-01-22 10:19:06

With liftoff scheduled in just a few weeks, ESA's CryoSat-2 ground teams are in intensive training for the launch and early orbit phase - the critical first steps in the mission's life. CryoSat-2 is scheduled for liftoff on February 25 from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan on a Dnepr - a converted SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile. For CryoSat-2, the ground segment - the hardware, software, telecommunications and other resources that operate the satellite and process data...

2010-01-14 14:15:00

In what might seem rather appropriate weather conditions, the CryoSat-2 Earth Explorer satellite has completed its journey to the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan, where it will be prepared for launch on February 25. The satellite and support equipment left the "ËœIABG' test center in Ottobrunn, Germany, by lorry on January 12. The CryoSat mission is dedicated to precise monitoring of the changes in the thickness of marine ice floating in the polar oceans and variations in the...

2009-12-10 14:20:59

Today marks the official opening of ESA's exhibition "ËœSpace for Earth, Understanding Climate Change from Space' at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP15, in Copenhagen, Denmark. COP15 marks a fundamental step giving politicians, decision-makers and world leaders the opportunity to discuss the most pressing environmental challenges we face today. The exhibit, hosted in partnership with the Danish Ministry for Science, is located at Kongens Nytorv in the city center and shows how...

2009-11-20 11:24:38

ESA's CryoSat ice mission has completed its Flight Acceptance Review, confirming that all the mission components are ready for launch, which is planned for February 25, 2010 from Baikonur. This formal review is an important part of the process to ensure that all the parts of the mission are in place. It is focused on the readiness of the satellite and the preparation of the launch campaign, but also heard reports of the successful Ground Segment Acceptance Review completed in July and the...

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