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TechDemoSat-1 selfie
2014-07-26 03:45:39

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has released an image taken by an inspection camera on board TechDemoSat-1 to mark the completion of the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) for the satellite, which was launched on 8th July.

Galileo’s Post-launch Team Stand Ready For Launch
2014-07-24 03:59:37

Galileo’s post-launch team at ESA have finalized their preparations for taking control of the twin satellites being launched next month.

ESA Sentinel-1A Satellite Performs Critical Dance Routine After Launch
2014-04-04 06:22:46

ESA has maintained that its Sentinal-1A satellite, which had a successful launch on Thursday, will help European citizens, policymakers and service providers get unprecedented access to key environmental data on a regular basis.

Sentinel-1 Controllers Ready For First Early Critical Hours In Space
2014-03-28 14:01:47

Following a spectacular launch, Sentinel-1A’s first few days in orbit will be some of the most complex in recent memory. Mission control teams will work around the clock to nurse the satellite through its early critical hours in space.

Mission Control Is Ready For Launch Of Gaia
2013-12-17 13:10:17

Shortly after a powerful Soyuz launcher lofts Gaia, ESA’s new star mapper, into space on Thursday, teams on the ground will establish initial radio contact.

Swarm Trio Completes First Phase Of Their Mission
2013-11-26 13:35:29

Reaching a significant milestone for ESA’s magnetic field mission, the Swarm satellites have completed the critical first phase of their new mission.

Swarm Mission Control Team Ready For Launch
2013-11-19 11:20:43

After months of intensive training, the Swarm mission control team are ready for liftoff on Friday. The team will carefully shepherd the trio of magnetic explorers through their critical launch and early orbit phase, ready to react to any problem.

ESA's Proba-V Turns On In Time To Catch Stunning Image Over Western France
2013-05-17 09:47:33

ESA’s Proba-V, a next-generation earth watcher designed to image the planet’s vegetation, is now showing signs of life. More than a week after being set into a polar orbit roughly 510 miles over Earth, the mini satellite was switched on just in time to grab an image of the land cover over western France.

Control Of The Metop-B Weather Satellite Handed Over To EUMETSAT By ESA
2012-09-21 10:31:28

Yesterday, at 18:30 local time EUMETSAT took control of Metop-B operations, following the three-day Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) conducted by the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Weather Satellite Set To Blast Into Space
2012-09-07 13:41:00

Later this month, Europe´s newest meteorology satellite, MetOp-B, will blast into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome. For mission control teams at ESA, liftoff marks the start of 72 hours of intense focus during the mission´s critical launch and early orbit phase. MetOp-B is the second of three MetOp polar-orbiting satellites procured on behalf of Eumetsat, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, by ESA from a European industrial consortium led by...


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