Sentinel-5P Atmospheric Monitoring Satellite Rides into Orbit atop Converted Ballistic Missile

A Russian ICBM-turned-space-launch-vehicle lifted off from a remote Cosmodrome north of Moscow on Friday, boosting into orbit a satellite joining the world’s largest environmental monitoring constellation.

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Photos: Sentinel-5P Satellite Assembly & Testing

The Sentinel-5P atmospheric monitoring satellite finishes assembly and testing for launch in 2017 to act as a gapfiller mission, ensuring a critical atmospheric data record remains uninterrupted for climate research and operational applications such as pollution monitoring.

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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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