Posts tagged as European Space Agency

Two new Galileo satellites in orbit

  The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched two new Galileo satellites atop a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana on 17 December 2015. The Galileo 11 and 12 twin satellites were deployed into their medium-altitude orbit close to 23 500 km, where they form part of a planned 30-satellite Galileo constellation. Galileo is the European […]

Colour vision for Europe’s Copernicus programme

  Europe’s next Copernicus satellite, Sentinel-2A, has been successfully launched on 23 June 2015 from Kourou, French Guiana on top of a Vega launcher. It is the second satellite in orbit for Europe’s Copernicus programme. The Sentinel-2 mission carries an optical payload with visible, near infrared and shortwave infrared sensors with a unique swath width […]

Galileo satellite recovered and transmitting navigation signals

  Europe’s fifth Galileo satellite, one of two delivered into a wrong orbit by VS09 Soyuz-Fregat launcher in August, has reached its new target orbit and its navigation payload has been successfully switched on. The satellite transmitted its first navigation signal in space on 29 November 2014, and a detailed test campaign is under way […]