Tag Archives: Copernicus

Sentinel-1A after collision with piece of the space debris

ESA reported about direct contact with space debris of their radar satellite operating under Copernicus program. Incident took place on August 23, 2016, at 17:07 GMT. Very small piece of space debris hit into solar panel of Sentinel-1A satellite remaining on around 693 km circular orbit with inclination at 98.18°. Effects of the direct hit were…
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New way for European Space policy

European Commission published six page draft document with summary of European space policy and surprising recommendation for Copernicus imaging and remote sensing satellite system. This document is preceding official document covering description and evaluation of European space policy by Directorate-General of space programs (DG GROW), which will be announced on November 2016. Draft is dated for July 8 and should…
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EDRS in action – leading laser data relay system tested again by ESA !

European Data Relay System reached first truly milestone on way of its development - first pictures were transmitted from Copernicus satellite. On 1 June 2016 ESA informed about transmission via European Data Relay System (EDRS). It was performed using Eutelsat-9B satellite to transmit to ground control station images taken by Sentinel-1A satellite operating under ESA…
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Scrubbed launch of Soyuz-2.1A with Sentinel-1B

Arianespace decided to stop preparing for flight again. There was no next launch date announced but Company is targeting for 25th April 2016. UPDATE: 25 April 2016 - Launch was set for 25th April 2016, 21:02 GMT, IMU was changed and testing went correctly. UPDATE: 25 April 2016 - Russian specialists discovered that reason of the problem was…
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First launch of Soyuz-2.1A from French Guiana with Sentinel-1B set for today !

Due the poor weather conditions launch was postponed for today and is set to launch window starting at 21:02 GMT today. UPDATE: launched was postponed to Sunday, 24th April 2016 due the bad weather in French Guiana Space Center. Arianespace is targeting for today to reach LEO orbit during VS14 flight with their Soyuz-2.1A equipped with Fregat upper stage. This time…
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Sentinel satellites stays in Airbus – ESA has chosen contractor for Copernicus spacecrafts

Yesterday, on 26 January 2016 Airbus Defence and Space signed contract with European Space Agency for designing and manufacturing two additional satellites under Copernicus program.  Copernicus is European Earth observation program which is under constant development since 1998. At the beginning known as Global Monitoring for Environmental Security (GMES) became Copernicus in 2012. Program is ESA…
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EDRS-A after delay will start on 25th January 2016

European Data Relay System developed by European Space Agency and Airbus Defense and Space (former Astrium) will start operating after launching Eutelsat-9B satellite with first part of the system as secondary payload. It is trivial to say that communication is crucial in our world. In every aspect of our life communication became determinant of the…
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Thales Alenia Space wins contract worth €402 million

End of this year seems good for Thales Alenia Space. After signing agreement with O3B for additional satellites (You can read about it here), just before Christmas, Thales Alenia Space gets another contract, worth even more. Thales Alenia Space will again participate in Copernicus program. Company will for sure use their experience during first series of Copernicus satellites…
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European eyes see better- Rokot launch with Sentinel-3A atop planned for January 2016

ESA weather satellite Sentinel-3A will be launched from launch site 133 in Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia.  European earth observation program called Copernicus, is reaching another point in the development. ESA planned launching next satellite in the cooperation with Eurockot joint-venture Company on January 2016 after postponing from December 2015. Sentinel-3A was designed by Thales-Alenia Space specially for weather forecasting…
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