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ESA's ice mission delivers first data

14 April 2010

ESA's CryoSat-2 has delivered its first data just hours after ground controllers switched on the satellite's sophisticated radar instrument for the first time. CryoSat-2 was launched on 8 April and has been performing exceptionally well during these critical first few days in orbit.

Successful launch for ESA’s CryoSat-2 ice satellite

08 April 2010

Europe's first mission dedicated to studying the Earth's ice was launched today from Kazakhstan. From its polar orbit, CryoSat-2 will send back data leading to new insights into how ice is responding to climate change and the role it plays in our 'Earth system'.

CryoSat-2 ready for launch

07 April 2010

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.

CryoSat-2 launch timeline

06 April 2010

A timeline of the most critical events around the launch of ESA's CryoSat-2 satellite, scheduled for 15:57 CEST on Thursday, 8 April 2010.

CryoSat-2 installed in launch silo

01 April 2010

In readiness for launch on 8 April, ESA's CryoSat-2 ice satellite has now joined the rest of the Dnepr rocket in the launch silo at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Invitation to the press for CryoSat-2 launch

29 March 2010

For the launch of the CryoSat-2 satellite, scheduled for Thursday 8 April at 15:57 CEST, representatives of the press are invited to watch the event live from ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.

New launch date for CryoSat-2 confirmed

19 March 2010

The technical issue with the second stage of the Dnepr rocket that delayed the launch of ESA's Earth Explorer CryoSat-2 satellite in February has now been resolved - and the new launch date of 8 April has been set.

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CryoSat: green light for launch campaign

20 November 2009

ESA's CryoSat ice mission has completed its Flight Acceptance Review, confirming that all the mission components are ready for launch, which is planned for 25 February 2010 from Baikonur.

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Ground segment declared ready for CryoSat mission

12 August 2009

An Earth observation mission does not just involve the building of a satellite, it also includes the all-important infrastructure to control the satellite and handle the data - the ground segment. As ESA prepares for the launch of the CryoSat mission at the end of the year, its associated ground segment is now ready.

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CryoSat-2 Announcement of Opportunity

11 January 2007

ESA is pleased to announce the release of an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) which aims exclusively at the Calibration and Validation activities in support of the CryoSat-2 mission.

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