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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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2009-11-25 10:27:29

ESA's GOCE gravity mission has achieved another major milestone as control of the satellite is transferred to the operations teams, marking the end of its commissioning and calibration phase. The "ËœGravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer' (GOCE) satellite, launched in March, will map Earth's gravity field with unprecedented accuracy, providing insight into ocean circulation, sea-level change, climate change, volcanism and earthquakes. Mission responsibility was...

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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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2009-11-02 11:15:00

The European Space Agency launched two new satellites on Monday in an effort to gather more data on global climate change. The ESA on Monday launched the second satellite in its Earth Explorer series, known as the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission. Additionally, ESA launched the Proba-2 satellite along with SMOS in order to demonstrate technology for ESA's future space probes. Both satellites were lifted into space from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia aboard a Rockot launch...

2009-10-05 12:40:20

The European Space Agency says it is extending an opportunity to scientists to submit proposals for the eighth Earth Explorer mission. By focusing on science and research, the Earth Explorer series of missions is being flown to improve our understanding of how the Earth system works and how human activity affects natural Earth processes, the space agency said. Earth Explorer missions fall into two categories: Core and Opportunity. Core missions respond directly to specific areas of public...

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2009-10-02 19:35:00

As part of ESA's Earth Observation Program and its continuing endeavor to address critical Earth science issues, the Agency has released an opportunity for scientists to submit proposals for the eighth Earth Explorer mission. By focusing on science and research, the Earth Explorer series of missions is being flown to improve our understanding of how the Earth system works and how human activity affects natural Earth processes. Earth Explorer missions also test cutting-edge technology for...

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2009-09-19 08:00:13

After leaving Thales Alenia Space in the south of France on September 15, ESA's SMOS Earth Explorer has arrived safely at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia, where it will be prepared for launch on November 2. The Antonov aircraft carrying the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite, along with seven containers of support equipment, arrived at Arkhangelsk early in the morning of September 16. Once unloaded from the aircraft, the precious cargo was transported by truck to the...

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2009-09-14 07:29:35

As members of the media visit IABG's spacecraft test center in Germany to learn more about ESA's CryoSat mission and view the satellite, a new target launch date of February 28, 2010 has been announced. The slip, from the planned launch date of December this year, is due to the limited availability of facilities at the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan, which is particularly busy at the moment. Richard Francis, ESA's Project Manager for CryoSat, commented that, "Naturally we are...

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2009-09-04 10:20:00

A company from one of ESA's Business Incubation Centres has used space technology to develop a scanner to spot weaknesses in dike structures. It is being used to inspect dikes and dams on the Danube river and in the Netherlands. Dutch start-up company Miramap's instrument can "Ëœlook' into the ground and measure the amount of water in the soil. This is important in checking the stability of dams and dikes. Very wet areas can indicate a weakened or even dangerously unstable...