Photos: Sentinel-5P / Rocket Launch Campaign at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome

Europe’s Sentinel-5P atmospheric monitoring satellite is shipped out from Airbus Defence & Space to its Plesetsk launch site in northern Russia, entering a multi-week launch campaign to undergo detailed testing, propellant loading and integration with its Rockot launch vehicle for an October 2017 liftoff. Weighing in at over 800 Kilograms, Sentinel-5P is fitted with the Dutch-built TROPOMI instrument, combining four powerful spectrographic instruments to monitor the concentration of atmospheric constituents down to trace amounts at high spatial resolution with the primary goal of extending a critical atmospheric record for climate science and operational applications.

All Photos: ESA