EUROCKOT: Delay in launch system infrastructure certification calls for a pause of campaign activities

Delay in launch system infrastructure certification calls for a pause of campaign activities As part of the formalities for a launch approval by Russian authorities, the Rockot launch system infrastructure has to undergo a certification process. For a validation of the launch pad, a check involving the launch vehicle has been foreseen. This test requires … Czytaj dalej

Sentinel-3A back in testing mode

The Sentinel-3A launch campaign resumed with the removal of the satellite from its container. After clean room conditions had been reinstated and the cleanliness was checked, the spacecraft could be released from the protective environment inside the container to be returned into the dedicated clean room for further processing. With the opening of the spacecraft … Czytaj dalej

Eurockot: Back to Plesetsk – A warm welcome at freezing weather conditions

The holiday break for the Sentinel-3A launch campaign is over. On January 11th, a charter flight from Moscow returned 22 campaign members to Plesetsk. The European team had a very warm welcome by their Russian colleagues upon arrival at the Cosmodrome’s airfield. Plesetsk area presented itself as a cold beauty with snow-covered forests and temperature … Czytaj dalej

Rockot Orbits Three Russian Satellites Successfully

Following an early morning launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia at 01.00 hrs. a.m. local time on Thursday, September 24, 2015 (23.00 hrs. CET on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 ) a Rockot launch vehicle successfully launched 3 Russian satellites for the Russian government. The satellites comprised 3 Rodnik communication spacecraft. This launch marks the … Czytaj dalej

Eurockot: One Step Further to the Launches of Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-2B on Rockot

In preparation of the launches of the ESA Copernicus Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-2B satellites on Rockot in 2015 and 2016, the launch adapters for these missions were fit-checked successfully. The Sentinel-2B mechanical and electrical fit-check and launcher separation shock test was conducted in mid-October 2014 at the IABG Test Center in Ottobrunn, Germany. For the actual … Czytaj dalej

The Launch of ESA’s Magnetic Field Mission from Plesetsk, Russia, has been postponed

Following the decision to replace a unit in the Breeze upper stage of the Rockot launcher, the launch of ESA’s magnetic field mission Swarm from Plesetsk, Russia, has been postponed. Originally scheduled for 14 November, the launch is expected to be delayed by about one week. More details will be given as they become available. … Czytaj dalej