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http://www.eurockot.com/missions/manifest/

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Sentinel-5P is scheduled to be launched mid 2017.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinels_-4_-5_and_-5P

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Sentinel-5 Precursor mission is being developed to reduce data gaps between Envisat, in particular the Sciamachy instrument, and the launch of Sentinel-5. As a joint initiative between ESA and the Netherlands the mission will comprise a satellite and a UVNS instrument called Tropomi.

Related NSF topic: ESA - Sentinel-5P (precursor) - updates

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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - midyear, 2017
« Reply #1 on: 05/03/2017 07:57 PM »
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European satellite with Dutch core ready for launch

The Sentinel-5P satellite, with the Dutch space instrument Tropomi at its core, is ready for launch. After its launch, Tropomi will monitor the air quality and spread of greenhouse gases with unprecedented precision. In early October, a Russian Rokot-type rocket will place the satellite into orbit from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Siberia. The Sentinel-5P was seen for the last time today in the cleanroom of Airbus UK in Stevenage, before being prepared for transport to the launch pad.

The aim of the European megaproject Copernicus is to deploy satellites to monitor the safety and health of our planet. Working on instructions from the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA) has already launched five Sentinel satellites into space, all of which are observing the Earth through their own electronic eyes. Sentinel-5P is the latest addition to the Copernicus stable, this time packed with Dutch-made high tech, combined to form the technological tour de force, Tropomi. Its mission: to analyse the Earth’s atmosphere, every day, across the globe, with unprecedented precision.

And not before time, says Pepijn Veefkind from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), which manages the scientific side of the project together with the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON). ‘Previous satellite readings provided data about the air quality above urbanised areas around the world, such as Western Europe and Eastern China. The red patches on the maps we compiled from this data speak for themselves. The high-accuracy observations made by Tropomi will give us pointers for tackling the problem.’

Pointers are sorely needed to come to grips with the climate problem. Tropomi is expected to make an important contribution in this respect, by literally mapping the routes taken by greenhouse gases through the Earth’s atmosphere. Veefkind: ‘A gas like methane, for example, might be much less prevalent in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, yet it has a much more powerful greenhouse effect. Tropomi will show where it’s coming from and where it’s going.’

Several technological developments realised by the aerospace company Airbus in Leiden, and incorporated into the global concept, are crucial to Tropomi. Sytze Kampen from Airbus: ‘Our partners SRON and TNO came up with the idea of immersed gratings. It’s a clever optical trick that allows the whole instrument to be forty times smaller. Pure profit in space engineering terms.’

The Dutch government has invested a total of € 80 million in the development of the space project, thanks to an agreement signed with ESA in 2009 by former Minister of Economic Affairs, Maria van der Hoeven. This allowed the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) to award the contract to the consortium that developed Tropomi. This will lead to more than just new scientific insights, says deputy-director of NSO, Nico van Putten: ‘We are capitalising in a field where the Netherlands is already a world leader. Tropomi is creating opportunities for new international projects for Dutch space technology.’

The advanced technology used for Tropomi is the life’s work of many Dutch engineers, which is why a final glimpse of the satellite is so special, says Sytze Kampen from Airbus in Leiden. ‘This is the final result of a combination of Dutch high tech and years of dedication from a close team of specialists. Seeing a project actually ready for launch is a rare occurrence in the career of a space engineer.’

Tropomi is a collaboration between Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands, KNMI, SRON and TNO. It was commissioned by NSO and ESA. Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands is the principal contractor for developing the instrument, while scientific management is in the hands of KNMI and SRON. Funding for TROPOMI was provided by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.

https://www.spaceoffice.nl/en/news/210/european-satellite-with-dutch-core-ready-for-launch.html

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I hadn't realised that Plesetsk was in Siberia.

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AIR POLLUTION MONITORING SENTINEL ON SHOW

20 July 2017

With Sentinel-5 Precursor about to be packed up and shipped to Russia for liftoff in late September, media representatives, members of the UK Space Agency and National Centre for Earth Observation had the chance to see this Copernicus air-pollution monitoring satellite standing proud in the cleanroom.

Sentinel-5 Precursor – also known as Sentinel-5P – is the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere.

It has been built to map a multitude of trace gases such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane that affect air quality.

The satellite will help to identify pollution hotspots where public health could be at risk. It will also contribute to services that warn of high levels of UV radiation, which can cause skin cancer, and volcanic ash monitoring for aviation safety.

Carrying the Tropomi instrument, the most advanced of its kind, Sentinel-5P will map the entire planet every 24 hours. The availability of accurate and up-to-date information will help decision-makers to fight air pollution and climate change.

Sentinel-5P is the forerunner of the Sentinel-5 mission to be carried on the MetOp Second Generation satellites that will be launched in a few years. Until then Sentinel-5P will deliver much needed information to monitor and track air pollution.

The media event was held at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, UK, where the satellite was built and tested.

ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher, said, “It’s wonderful to see the satellite in all its glory, and it’s thanks to a truly collaborative effort that it will take the EC’s Copernicus programme into a new era of atmospheric monitoring.

“ESA is very grateful to the Netherlands for its substantial contribution to the Tropomi instrument. The mission as a whole was designed and built by a consortium of 30 companies under the leadership of Airbus Defence and Space.”

Nico van Putten, Deputy Director of the Netherlands Space Office, added, “The development and the implementation of the top-notch Tropomi instrument for Sentinel-5P is thanks to the remarkable close cooperation between different entities from all over Europe.

“As a Dutch institution we are proud to contribute to this marvel of space technology, which will now help to tackle global challenges, making Europe even stronger in Earth observation.”

Pepijn Veefkind from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, KNMI, added, “Every day, Tropomi will make almost 20 million observations of important air pollutants and gases affecting the climate.

“KNMI will use this data to improve air-quality forecasts and to keep a close eye on emission increases or reductions, and to monitor what mitigation measures are effective in protecting the air we breathe.”

Engineers will now prepare the satellite for shipment to the Plesetsk launch site in Russia. Once there it will be thoroughly tested and prepared for launch in late September.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-5P/Air_pollution_monitoring_Sentinel_on_show

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A closer look at #Sentinel5P in the clean room; what a beaut! #wemakeitfly at @AirbusSpace Stevenage #spacecity

https://twitter.com/airbusintheuk/status/887991010197999616

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Nice internal view of @ESA_EO @CopernicusEU #Sentinel5p #Tropomi total launch weight around 820 kg (82 kg of on-board thruster propellant)

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/888348884950552577

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Russia's @roscosmos says Europe's long-delayed @CopernicusEU Sentinel 5P Earth obs sat to launch on Rockot vehicle Oct. 9-12.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/902495799841615872

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Loading Sentinel-5P onto Antonov

Sealed in its special protective container, today the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite was taken by lorry from Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, UK, to Stansted airport where it was carefully loaded on to this huge cargo aircraft. It will be flown to Russia to be prepared for liftoff in October.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/08/Loading_Sentinel-5P_onto_Antonov

Related articles:

- Sentinel-5p launch campaign kicks-off

- Farewell to Sentinel-5p

Image credit: ESA
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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - October 9-12, 2017
« Reply #10 on: 09/01/2017 01:39 PM »
08/31/2017

Sentinel-5p Making a Big Entrance at Archangelsk

Today marks "Day One" of the "Sentinel-5p on Rockot" launch campaign. After a nightly stop-over for customs clearance in Moscow, the giant Antonov-124 aircraft with the Sentinel-5p satellite on board appeared in the blue skies over Archangelsk and touched down at Talagi airport at 10:30 local time. A delegation of ESA, Airbus Defence and Space, Eurockot and Khrunichev welcomed the spacecraft team in Northern Russia on a sunny late-summer day.

During the hours to follow, the complete cargo bay of the Antonov aircraft was re-loaded onto trucks for further transportation to Archangelsk rail yard – at minimum speed to protect the delicate freight. Once on the loading ramp, the containers housing the satellite and its engineering equipment were hoisted onto rail cars.

Thanks to our partners from Khrunichev, Airbus Defence and Space and the railway authorities, the entire transshipment was completed in less than eight hours. The dedicated Sentinel-5p train is now on its way to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome with record-breaking slowness. Although only some 250 km away, the train will spend almost ten hours to reach its destination tomorrow morning – again for the sake of pampering the spacecraft.

http://www.eurockot.com/2017/08/test-post-daily/

Credits: Eurockot Launch Services

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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - October 9-12, 2017
« Reply #11 on: 09/01/2017 05:22 PM »
<snip>After a nightly stop-over for customs clearance in Moscow, the giant Antonov-124 aircraft with the Sentinel-5p satellite on board appeared in the blue skies over Archangelsk and touched down at Talagi airport at 10:30 local time.<snip>
Procedural questions:
Why aren't there Russian customs officials at the Archangelsk airport?  (In part, as customer service for foreign satellites launching out of Plesetsk?)

One doesn't hear about foreign satellites for launch from Baikonur having to clear customs in Moscow.  Or are they cleared by Kazakh customs officials at Baikonur?
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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - October 9-12, 2017
« Reply #12 on: 09/02/2017 06:46 PM »
09/01/2017

Ride through the Night: Sentinel-5p Reaches Plesetsk

After a long and tiring journey through the night, the Sentinel-5p spacecraft and its international escort team arrived at crack of dawn at the municipal boundaries of Plesetsk. After swapping the engineering crew, the satellite train continued into the secured area of Cosmodrome.

After arriving at the integration and test facility (also known as MIK, short for Монтажно-Испытательный Корпус), the unloading of the launch campaign equipment started. The Sentinel-5p satellite, still sitting in its special container waiting to be moved into its dedicated cleanroom, lingers for the first time in close proximity to all Rockot launch vehicle components: the two-stage Booster Unit, the Breeze-KM upper stage and the Payload Fairing.

http://www.eurockot.com/2017/09/ride-through-the-night-sentinel-5p-reaches-plesetsk/


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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - October 9-12, 2017
« Reply #13 on: 09/03/2017 08:05 PM »
<snip>After a nightly stop-over for customs clearance in Moscow, the giant Antonov-124 aircraft with the Sentinel-5p satellite on board appeared in the blue skies over Archangelsk and touched down at Talagi airport at 10:30 local time.<snip>
Procedural questions:
Why aren't there Russian customs officials at the Archangelsk airport?  (In part, as customer service for foreign satellites launching out of Plesetsk?)

One doesn't hear about foreign satellites for launch from Baikonur having to clear customs in Moscow.  Or are they cleared by Kazakh customs officials at Baikonur?
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There is also Customs precheck since the flight was direct with only landing at the final air destination. Customs verification check occurs during cosmodrome arrival.
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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - October 13, 2017
« Reply #14 on: 09/04/2017 01:24 PM »
Note ESA now says launch is Oct 13:

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NEW ERA IN AIR-QUALITY MONITORING A STEP AWAY
4 September 2017

The Sentinel-5P satellite has arrived in Plesetsk in northern Russia to be prepared for liftoff on 13 October. Built to deliver global maps of air pollutants every day and in more detail than ever before, this latest Copernicus mission will set a new standard for monitoring air quality.

Sentinel-5P is the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere. It follows five other Sentinel satellites already in orbit and delivering a wealth of information about our planet.

The Sentinels make up the core of EU’s Copernicus environmental monitoring network. An EU flagship space initiative, Copernicus provides operational information on the world’s land surfaces, oceans and atmosphere to support environmental and security policymaking, and meet the needs of citizens and service providers.

Sentinel-5P carries the state-of-the-art Tropomi instrument to map a multitude of trace gases such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide and aerosols – all of which affect the air we breathe, our health, and our climate.

With a swath width of 2600 km, it will map the entire planet every day. Information from this new mission will be used through the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service for air-quality forecasts and for decision-making.

The precious cargo was taken from Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, UK, where it was put together and tested, to London Stansted Airport to be loaded onto a huge Antonov plane for its flight to Moscow. This leg was followed by another flight to Arkhangelsk in northwest Russia and then a 250-km train journey to Plesetsk, arriving safe and sound on Friday 1 September.

The team have now cleaned the satellite’s transport container and moved it to the ‘MIK’ cleanroom where it will be opened tomorrow.

It will then spend the coming weeks being tested and prepared for liftoff and its journey into orbit on a Rockot launcher.

ESA’s Sentinel-5P project manager, Kevin McMullan, said, “I’m very proud of my team and our partners at Airbus Defence and Space, and of course the Netherlands Space Office who we developed the satellite instrument with.

“The campaign to launch Sentinel-5P is now well and truly underway and we are very much looking forward to launch on the 13 October and then making sure the satellite is fully commissioned so that it can start its job of delivering vital information to monitor air pollution.”

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-5P/New_era_in_air-quality_monitoring_a_step_away
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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - October 13, 2017
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ESA EarthObservation‏Verified account @ESA_EO 21m21 minutes ago

Today, the launch campaign team is preparing to open #Sentinel5P's container and transfer it to the main cleanroom: http://blogs.esa.int/eolaunches/2017/09/05/getting-ready-to-unveil-sentinel-5p/

https://twitter.com/ESA_EO/status/904992414384967681

Edit: found slightly higher res photo
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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - October 13, 2017
« Reply #16 on: 09/06/2017 10:28 AM »
09/05/2017

Sentinel-5p Settled in Cleanroom

The last few days have been spent with unpacking and settling in at the integration and test facility MIK.

Following the establishment of cleanroom conditions in the dedicated spacecraft area, the satellite container was opened for the first time after transfer to the launch site. Sentinel-5p was then carefully lifted out of the container, mounted on a dolly and moved into its cleanroom. The satellite is now ready to undergo extensive testing operations during the next two weeks.

In parallel, the Breeze-KM upper stage, which will eventually inject Sentinel-5p into orbit, completed today the pneumatic checks successfully.

http://www.eurockot.com/2017/09/sentinel-5p-settled-in-cleanroom/

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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - October 13, 2017
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Sentinel-5P unveiled

Yesterday, we opened Sentinel-5P’s transport contain to reveal our baby after its journey to Plesetsk.

Once the satellite had been carefully lifted out of the container it was turned to stand vertically and then moved from cleanroom 101B to cleanroom 101A where it will remain until it is ready to join the upper stage of the Rockot launcher.

The spacecraft container was then pushed out to the general hall where it will stay until the end of the launch campaign.

Meanwhile, the engineering team were enjoying the weather in Moscow before boarding the overnight train to join us.

And, at ESA’s European Space Operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany, the team are running simulation campaigns in preparation for taking over after liftoff on 13 October.

http://blogs.esa.int/eolaunches/2017/09/06/sentinel-5p-unveiled/

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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - October 13, 2017
« Reply #18 on: 09/08/2017 08:18 AM »
09/07/2017

Rockot Testing in Full Swing

Rockot's Upper Stage Breeze-KM continuous its test program: After successful completion of the pneumatic checks earlier this week, the Breeze is currently undergoing electrical testing.

In parallel, the Payload Fairing (the two half-shells building the nose cone of the rocket encapsulating the Sentinel-5p satellite during ascent) was inspected and prepared for the so-called "dry run".

The dry run is an exercise during which the Ascent Unit (consisting of the Upper Stage, the Payload Fairing and – at a later point – also including the spacecraft) will be rolled out to the launch pad to be mated with the first two Rockot stages, the so-called Booster Unit. This test serves as verification of the interfaces of the complete system in launch configuration and is planned for end of next week.

The Booster Unit consists of the propulsion stages of the inter-continental ballistic missile SS-19 (Russian designation RS-18) which was delivered to the Cosmodrome in its transport and launch container – reflecting its descent of a weapon system. The electrical lines of the Booster Unit are currently tested before its installation on the launch pad.

Sentinel-5p started functional testing to confirm the spacecraft's integrity after its long journey.

http://www.eurockot.com/2017/09/rockot-testing-in-full-swing/

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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - October 13, 2017
« Reply #19 on: 09/11/2017 11:50 AM »
09/09/2017

Breeze-KM Testing successful

Yesterday the Rockot's Upper Stage Breeze-KM successfully finished its pneumatically check and electrical test.

Today the Sentinel-5p spacecraft continued with the health tests to confirm that the spacecraft is working properly.

The spacecraft fueling team from Lampoldshausen arrived yesterday. Today the team unpacked the necessary fueling equipment and brought it to the cleanroom 101 B.

http://www.eurockot.com/2017/09/breeze-km-testing-successful/

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Re: Rokot/Briz-KM - Sentinel-5P - Plesetsk - October 13, 2017
« Reply #21 on: 09/12/2017 02:58 PM »
09/12/2017

Solar Arrays under Test

After re-generating their working force with a day off the teams today began the week with electrical checks on the Launch Vehicle as well as the Spacecraft. Also, the solar arrays of the Sentinel-5p satellite were checked with regard to their proper functioning while the fueling team continued their preparatory works. The fueling experts underwent a training related to the operations of the crane in the Cleaning Room.

http://www.eurockot.com/2017/09/solar-arrays-under-test/

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Some ESA photos related to fuelling preparations

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Today is another major milestone as we received permission from the military to fuel the satellite.

By this evening the satellite was fuelled and pressurisation has started.

As this is a hazardous operation the rest of the team had to stay at the hotel.

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