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SMOS and Proba-2 successfully lofted into orbit

02 November 2009

The second satellite in ESA's Earth Explorer series - the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission - and the second demonstration satellite under ESA's Project for Onboard Autonomy (Proba-2) were launched into orbit last night from northern Russia.

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SMOS and Proba-2 installed in launch tower

28 October 2009

In readiness for launch on 2 November, ESA's SMOS and Proba-2 satellites - encapsulated in the launcher fairing - have been transported from the cleanroom and installed in the launch tower at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

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SMOS team gears up for launch campaign

02 September 2009

With launch just two months away, members of the SMOS team are currently in Russia inspecting the facilities where the launch campaign will soon get underway to prepare the ESA's water mission for liftoff on 2 November.

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SMOS and Proba-2 launch rescheduled for November 2009

24 June 2009

Following an agreement between ESA, Krunichev Space Centre and Eurockot Launch Services, ESA's next Earth Explorer mission SMOS and a secondary payload, the technology demonstrator Proba-2 satellite, will now launch on 2 November 2009.

SMOS Data AO - Deadline extension

05 June 2007

The proposals submission deadline of the SMOS Data Announcement of Opportunity has been extended to 15 June 2007.

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