Sentinel-3A Earth Observation Satellite rides into Orbit atop Russian Rockot Booster

A Rockot launch vehicle rumbled into the night sky over Russia on Tuesday, lifting into orbit Europe’s Sentinel-3A satellite, joining the Copernicus Earth Observation Program as the constellation’s most heavily instrumented satellite launched to date.

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Europe’s Sentinel-3A Multi-Function Earth Observation Satellite ready for Liftoff atop Rockot

Europe’s Copernicus Earth Observation Satellite Constellation is looking forward to its next addition on Tuesday when the program’s most comprehensive satellite to date rumbles into orbit atop a converted Soviet-era ballistic missile.

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Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit in a year that saw 82 successful orbital launches. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

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Sentinel-1A Satellite delivers first Radar Images of Earth

The newly launched Sentinel-1A satellite has returned the first images acquired with its high-fidelity radar system. Sentinel-1A is making good progress in its commissioning phase that will prepare the satellite for regular acquisition of high-resolution and calibrated radar images for release through the European Commission’s Copernicus program.

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