CryoSat-2 Launch Delayed
[Satellite TODAY 02-22-10] Russian launch provider Kosmotras has postponed the launch of the European Space Agency‘s (ESA) CryoSat-2 satellite due to technical issues with the Dnepr rocket‚s second stage steering engine, ESA announced Feb. 19.
Yuzhnoye, the Ukrainian manufacturer of the Dnepr, said insufficient fuel reserves for the second stage engine would require additional review and safety measures. The launch, originally scheduled for Feb. 25 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, has yet to be rescheduled.
The ESA CyroSat-2 is designed to fly at a highly inclined polar orbit, reaching latitudes of 88 degree north and south, in order to monitor changes in the thickness of sea ice and variations in the thickness of the ice sheets on land.
Thales Alenia Space Ships SMOS to Plesetsk Cosmodrome Satellite Today September 18, 2009
[Satellite TODAY 09-18-09] Thales Alenia Space has shipped the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth observation satellite to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, for its scheduled Nov. 2 launch, Thales Alenia Space announced.
Director General: ESA Will See Several Major Launches This Year SMD Report January 19, 2009
The European Space Agency will see several major spacecraft launches this year, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said. Among major spacecraft being orbited are Herschel-Planck, GOCE, SMOS and CryoSat-2, he said. ESA also will make final…
ESA Gives CryoSat Update Satellite Today March 13, 2007
[3/13/07] The European Space Agency (ESA) has given an update on the CryoSat-2 mission, reporting that by the end of the year, CryoSat-2 will be almost fully assembled. Richard Francis, ESA’s CryoSat-2 project manager, said the agency has hit…