Navigation Links
CryoSat-2 ready for launch

Following yesterday's launch dress rehearsal and the debriefing today, the Russian State Commission has given the go-ahead to launch ESA's ice mission tomorrow at 15:57 CEST.

Today's go-ahead marks the last milestone along the road to launch the long-awaited CryoSat-2 satellite. By measuring the tiny variations in the thickness of ice floating in the polar oceans and changes in the vast ice sheets on land, the mission will provide scientists with hard evidence on the speed at which ice is diminishing.

This information will lead to a better understanding of the role ice plays in the Earth system and climate change.

"After the loss of the original CryoSat in 2005, we are extremely happy to have reached this point after four years rebuilding the satellite, including a number of improvements on the original," said Richard Francis, ESA's Project Manager, speaking from ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.

"We are now very much looking forward to a successful launch and then delivering the data the scientific community so badly needs to build a true picture of what is happening in the fragile polar regions."

The go-ahead to launch follows yesterday's dress rehearsal of the countdown at ESOC and Baikonur. This 9-hour exercise was a full simulation of the launch procedure to ensure that the all-important operation and communication sequences and procedures are in place for tomorrow.

The ground stations in Kenya, Antarctica, Norway and Sweden were also connected via voice loop and data lines, making the operation as realistic as possible. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), who provides further support, was also involved.

Preparations for launch continued today with a 'pre-launch briefing' at ESOC to ensure everyone involved in the launch and critical early operations is fully informed of the latest status of the satellite and the Dnepr launcher.

It was attended by the engineers, scientists and operations experts who will be 'on console' in various control rooms or sitting at specialised workstations or network centres at ESOC starting some nine hours before launch.

CryoSat-2 will be launched on a Dnepr rocket from an underground silo at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 15:57 CEST (13:57 UT).


Contact: Robert Meisner
European Space Agency

Related biology news :

1. CryoSat-2 installed in launch silo
2. Scientists endure Arctic for last campaign prior to CryoSat-2 launch
3. Induced neural stem cells: Not quite ready for prime time
4. Blood test for schizophrenia could be ready this year
5. Study points to new uses, unexpected side effects of already existing drugs
6. Parasites ready to jump
7. Hunt for climate-ready crops accelerates as organizations search seed collections worldwide
8. Carbon dioxide already in danger zone, warns study
9. Revised theory suggests carbon dioxide levels already in danger zone
10. Consumer not ready for tailor-made nutrition
11. Fujitsu PalmSecure LOGONDIRECTOR Verified as Citrix Ready
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/7/2016)... June 7, 2016  Syngrafii Inc. and San ... relationship that includes integrating Syngrafii,s patented LongPen™ eSignature ... This collaboration will result in greater convenience for ... union, while maintaining existing document workflow and compliance ... ...
(Date:6/2/2016)... , June 2, 2016   The Weather Company ... announcing Watson Ads, an industry-first capability in which consumers will ... being able to ask questions via voice or text and ... Marketers have long sought an ... consumer, that can be personal, relevant and valuable; and can ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Calif. , May 24, 2016 Ampronix facilitates superior patient care by ... LMD3251MT  3D medical LCD display is the latest premium product recently added to the ... ... ... Sony 3d Imaging- LCD Medical Display- Ampronix News ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/27/2016)... 2016  Liquid Biotech USA ... a Sponsored Research Agreement with The University of ... from cancer patients.  The funding will be used ... with clinical outcomes in cancer patients undergoing a ... be employed to support the design of a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... While the majority of commercial spectrophotometers ... 5000 and the 6000i models are higher end machines that use the more unconventional ... spectrophotometer’s light beam from the bottom of the cuvette holder. , FireflySci has ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Mass. , June 23, 2016   ... development of novel compounds designed to target cancer ... napabucasin, has been granted Orphan Drug Designation from ... the treatment of gastric cancer, including gastroesophageal junction ... stemness inhibitor designed to inhibit cancer stemness pathways ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... Plate® YM (Yeast and Mold) microbial test has received AOAC Research Institute approval ... of microbial tests introduced last year,” stated Bob Salter, Vice President of Regulatory ...
Breaking Biology Technology: