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2009-04-08 07:25:00

GOCE’s highly sensitive gradiometer instrument has been switched on and is producing data. Forming the heart of GOCE, the gradiometer is specifically designed to measure Earth’s gravity field with unprecedented accuracy.

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2009-04-06 10:15:00

GOCE's sophisticated electric ion propulsion system has been switched on and confirmed to be operating normally, marking another crucial milestone in the satellite's post-launch commissioning phase.

2009-03-18 15:02:48

The European Space Agency has placed its first GOCE satellite into orbit, beginning what the ESA calls a new chapter in the history of Earth observation. The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite was lifted into a near-sun-synchronous, low Earth orbit Tuesday by a Rockot launcher from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia. GOCE is the first of a new family of ESA satellites designed to study our planet and its environment in order to enhance our knowledge...

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2009-03-18 13:59:07

After liftoff March 17, ESA's GOCE spacecraft is performing very well, having achieved an extremely accurate injection altitude just 1.5 km lower than planned.

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2009-03-17 09:40:00

ESA’s Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) successfully launched on schedule Tuesday with plans to provide an unprecedented view of Earth’s gravity field.

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2009-03-11 10:32:33

With liftoff just five days away, ESA's GOCE spacecraft – encased in the protective two half shells of the launcher fairing – has been transported from the clean room and installed in the launch tower at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

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2009-02-04 10:13:22

ESA is now gearing up to return to Russia to oversee preparations for the launch of its GOCE satellite – now envisaged for launch on 16 March 2009.

2008-10-27 12:00:22

The European Space Agency says the launch of its GOCE Earth Explorer satellite will not take place earlier than February due to a system failure.

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2008-10-24 12:35:00

Ongoing technical problems with its launcher has forced Europe's gravity mission to be bumped to next year.

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2008-09-09 11:00:00

The preparatory activities for the launch of ESA's GOCE satellite from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia had to be stopped yesterday afternoon (Sunday 7 September) by Eurockot due to an anomaly identified in one of the units of the guidance and navigation subsystem of the launcher's upper stage (Breeze KM ).


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