5:00 CEST : The Matera Space Center received the first signal from the XBand sensor!
Lift-off replay is here
ARIANESPACE FLIGHT VS14:
NEW LAUNCH DATE TARGETED FOR MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016
SOYUZ - Sentinel-1B – Microscope – Fly Your Satellite!
Replacement operations are underway for the inertial unit of Soyuz Flight VS14 that was affected by an outage
A new technical review will be occur tomorrow at H0-5h.
Liftoff of the Soyuz launcher is now targeted for Monday, April 25, 2016, at the precise moment of:
- 06:02:13 p.m., (Local time in French Guiana)
- 05:02:13 p.m., (in Washington, D.C.)
- 09:02:13 p.m., (UTC)
- 11:02:13 p.m., (in Paris)
- 00:02:13 a.m., (in Moscow) on April 26.
The Sentinel-1B satellite of the Europe Space Agency (ESA) will be launched next April 22 at 23.02 (CET) from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on board a Soyuz-Fregat A rocket.
Sentinel-1B is part of the Sentinel 1 family of the Copernicus Earth observation programme, coordinated by the European Commission. The first satellite of the family, Sentinel-1A was launched in 2014, while Sentinel-1C and Sentinel- 1D will be placed in orbit from 2021. All satellites are built by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Finmeccanica 33%).
The Sentinel-1B satellite for environmental monitoring will observe the Earth from a height of about 700 km, providing radar images in all weather, day and night, with a resolution of 5 to 25 metres.
The Matera Space Centre of e-GEOS, owned by Telespazio (80%) and the Italian Space Agency (20%), is one of three ground stations of Copernicus' Core Ground Segment, and it already receives radar and optical data acquired by the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 missions.
The Centre was chosen by ESA as the first station to be involved in the delicate IOV (In Orbit Validation) and commissioning of the Sentinel-1B mission, which will take place immediately after the satellite is put into orbit, verifying the proper functioning of the systems and radar sensor on board the satellite, receiving in Matera the first telemetry and radar data.
Copernicus is the programme that is coordinated and managed by the European Commission to provide Europe with its own capability for Earth Observation. Copernicus provides accurate, timely, and easily accessible information to monitor the land, marine, and atmospheric environment, to deal with the effects of climate change, and to ensure the safety of citizens.
Telespazio is one of the main industrial partners in the programme. The company contributes to the development of the ground segment and operations; it operates (through subsidiaries e-GEOS, GAF, and Telespazio VEGA UK) in the management of emergencies, of terrestrial and maritime security, in the management of land resources and monitoring of climate change; it provides to the Copernicus programme the Earth observation data of the COSMO-SkyMed and IRS missions.
ESA is developing six families of Sentinel satellite missions specifically designed for the operational needs of the Copernicus programme. The Sentinels provide high-resolution optical and radar images of our planet.