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The MIRAS instrument on ESA's SMOS satellite, launched earlier this month, has been switched on and is operating normally.
Into its second week in orbit, Proba-2's spacecraft platform has proven to be in excellent health.
Following the launch of ESAâ€™s SMOS satellite on 2 November, the French space agency CNES, which is responsible for operating the satellite, has confirmed that the instrumentâ€™s three antenna arms have deployed as planned, and that the instrument is in good health.
The European Space Agency launched two new satellites on Monday in an effort to gather more data on global climate change.
In readiness for launch on November 2, ESAâ€™s SMOS and Proba-2 satellites â€“ encapsulated in the launcher fairing â€“ have been transported from the cleanroom and installed in the launch tower at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.
As preparations for the launch of SMOS and Proba-2 continue on schedule, the engineers and technicians at the Russian launch site say goodbye as both satellites are encapsulated within the half-shells of the Rockot fairing.
As the first snow of the winter arrives in Plesetsk, the team has reached a significant milestone in the launch campaign â€“ the launch authorities have given the green light to fuel the satellite.
While the SMOS and Proba-2 launch campaigns are progressing well in Plesetsk, Russia, operations teams in France and Spain have also been getting ready for launch on November 2.
As part of ESAâ€™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.
After leaving Thales Alenia Space in the south of France on September 15, ESAâ€™s SMOS Earth Explorer has arrived safely at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia, where it will be prepared for launch on November 2.
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