Sentinel-1A launch set on 3rd April.
Sentinel-3A test milestone successfully completed.
Rosetta instrument commissioning and lander's wake-up achieved.
Launch of Sentinel-1A mission is set for Thursday 3rd April 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST) on a Soyuz rocket from Kourou, Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The Flight Control Team at ESOC is ready after an intensive preparation campaign. Five LSE Space staff are part of the team at the forefront during launch and commissioning.
SSC staff in Kiruna will support both LEOP and routine operations. Signal will be received, among others, by the ESTRACK ground station in Salmijärvi (near Kiruna), which is managed, operated and maintained by an SSC team.
USN supports the mission from its Poker Flat ground station in Alaska.
More about Sentinel-1A operations.
Launch web streaming.
Soyuz rollout to launch pad. 2 April 2014. Photo: ESA.
The first in the Copernicus Earth Observation fleet, Sentinel-1A carries an advanced radar instrument to provide an all-weather, day-and-night supply of imagery of Earth's surface.
Sentinel-3A, the mission charged for oceans' observation, is progressing and it marked a new milestone in its preparation to launch with the successful completion of SVT-1B last week. The test took place at ESOC and five LSE Space engineers were involved as members of the Flight Control Team.
Sentinel-3A. Image: Astrium.
Rosetta mission went through its instrument commissioning phase, performed by the ESOC Flight Control Team in the past weeks. As part of the mission's on-going instrument checkout phase, the lander Philae was successfully reactivated on 28th March. LSE Space supports the mission with one Spacecraft Operation Engineer.
Rosetta's lander Philae on comet's nucleus. Artist's impression: ESA. Lander's delivery to the comet is scheduled for Nov. 2014.