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The twin Sentinel-1 satellites are designed to provide radar-based Earth observation imagery and will supply data of significantly higher quality than its predecessor missions.
 
The first satellite, Sentinel-1A, was successfully launched in April 2014, to be followed in 2016 by the second satellite, Sentinel-1B.

The C-band radar instrument for this mission, based on sophisticated synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology including all electronic subsystems, has been developed and constructed by Airbus Defence and Space.
 
For the first time, radar will enable continuous operation (round the clock). Sentinel-1 will be used for observing environmental events such as forest fires, landslides and floods. It will also provide information and support to assistance, rescue and relief missions during disasters, where it is vital to have up-to-date data as quickly as possible.
 
In addition, the data can also be used for evaluating longer-term processes. For example, observing melting ice masses in Greenland can supply important data upon which to base conclusions regarding the extent of rises in sea level.
http://www.space-airbusds.com/en/programmes/all-about-the-sentinel-satellites.html
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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS14 - Sentinel-1B - April 2016
« Reply #1 on: 10/25/2015 09:42 AM »
Two Soyuz-ST-A rockets flying soonish? Any idea of the payloads? Sentinel-1B?

I think they are for Sentinel-1B and MetOp-C (which is going up next year too)?

Also:-
https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS14 - Sentinel-1B - April 2016
« Reply #2 on: 10/25/2015 08:39 PM »
In 2013:-
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Sentinel 1B is considered as the best opportunity for main passenger for the Microscope launch on Soyuz
http://gram.oca.eu/Ressources_doc/2-Microscope-Colloquium-2013/12.M.Bach.Mission.Sat.pdf
https://artemis.oca.eu/IMG/file/2-Touboul.pdf

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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS14 - Sentinel-1B - April 2016
« Reply #3 on: 11/13/2015 08:33 AM »
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7 novembre 2015
Vol Soyouz 14 – Arrivée du Colibri

Les étages du lanceur Soyouz sont arrivés à Kourou, après 17 jours de voyage depuis Saint-Pétersbourg, à bord du Colibri. Ils ont été convoyés ensuite jusqu’au centre spatial en vue de leur préparation au Vol Soyouz 14 prévu pour 2016.
http://www.csgpreparationlancement.com/soyouz/vol-soyouz-14-arrivee-du-colibri/
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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS14 - Sentinel-1B - April 2016
« Reply #4 on: 01/05/2016 01:14 PM »
http://www.arianespace.com/press-release/arianespace-starts-the-new-year-with-record-operational-performance-and-order-backlog/

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The Soyuz launcher will also orbit the Sentinel-1B satellite for ESA and the European Commission, as part of Europe’s Copernicus program. On the same mission, Soyuz will carry the Microscope payload for French space agency CNES, and two microsats for ESA and Norway.

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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS14 - Sentinel-1B - April 2016
« Reply #5 on: 01/20/2016 07:16 PM »
If i'm not mistaken, is the satellite for esa the ESEO mission. European Student Earth Orbiter micro satellite. Build on the Sitael S-50 satellite bus. Links to esa and Sitael

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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS14 - Sentinel-1B - April 2016
« Reply #6 on: 03/10/2016 07:14 AM »
The satellite arrived in French Guyana on March 7.

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Mar 11, 2016

Welcome to French Guiana: two passengers arrive for Arianespace’s next Soyuz flight

 Payload preparation activity for Arianespace’s Soyuz Flight VS14 is underway in French Guiana following the separate deliveries of this upcoming mission’s primary satellite passenger – Sentinel-1B – and the first of three additional payloads that will join it, the Microscope spacecraft.

Sentinel-1B was transported by a chartered An-124 cargo jetliner that landed this week at Félix Eboué International Airport near French Guiana’s capital city, Cayenne – then was unloaded for transfer by road to the Spaceport, where the satellite will be readied for its April 22 launch.

Developed in an industrial consortium led by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, Sentinel-1B will be orbited for the European Commission’s Copernicus Earth observation program – the goal of which is to ensure European independence in the acquisition and management of environmental data concerning the planet, as well as to support local authorities and policy-makers.

After launch, Sentinel-1B will join its “sister” satellite – Sentinel-1A, which was lofted on a 2014 Arianespace Soyuz mission – in orbit to provide more views of Earth for the Copernicus environmental monitoring effort. Both spacecraft carry an advanced radar for all-weather, day-and-night coverage of Earth’s surface, and working together, will image the entire planet every six days. Arianespace also orbited the Sentinel-2A satellite on a successful Vega mission performed in 2015.

The Microscope passenger for launch on Soyuz Flight VS14 was delivered to French Guiana this week by a 747 cargo jetliner, arriving two days after Sentinel-1B – with a subsequent transfer by road bringing it to the Spaceport for payload processing as well.

Microscope is a 300-kg. satellite built around the CNES French space agency’s Myriade bus, and will be released to a sun-synchronous circular orbit on the April 22 launch – from which it will test the universality of free fall in space, with an accuracy 100-times greater than tests performed on Earth.

CNES’ Microscope is one of three additional payloads to be lofted on Flight VS14, and will be joined by Norway’s first scientific satellite, NORSAT-1; and a cubesat that is part of the European Space Agency’s Fly Your Satellite! educational program.

This upcoming medium-lift Soyuz mission will be the third as part of Arianespace’s busy launch manifest for 2016. It follows two separate flights this year that used heavy-lift Ariane 5 vehicles to orbit Intelsat 29e on January 27; and EUTELSAT 65 West A on March 9.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/welcome-to-french-guiana-two-passengers-arrive-for-arianespaces-next-soyuz-flight/

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Mar 17, 2016 

Payload preparations advance for Arianespace’s Soyuz mission with Sentinel-1B

The next spacecraft to be orbited for Europe’s Copernicus Earth observation program – Sentinel-1B – is now undergoing pre-launch checkout at the Spaceport, readying it for the April 22 liftoff on Arianespace’s upcoming Soyuz flight from French Guiana.

Sentinel-1B is being put through its paces inside the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility, where the radar satellite was transported following this month’s arrival in French Guiana aboard an An-124 cargo jetliner. During initial preparations, the spacecraft was removed from its shipping container in clean room conditions, then positioned for the start-up of processing.

Developed in an industrial consortium led by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, Sentinel-1B is to deliver essential data for Copernicus – which is a European Space Agency (ESA) program in partnership with the European Commission. Copernicus’ goal is to ensure European independence in the acquisition and management of environmental data concerning the planet, as well as to support local authorities and policy-makers.

After launch, Sentinel-1B will join its Sentinel-1A “sister” satellite in Sun-synchronous, near-polar, circular orbit. Both spacecraft carry an advanced radar for all-weather, day-and-night coverage of Earth’s surface, and working together, will image the entire planet every six days. Sentinel-1A was launched on a 2014 Arianespace Soyuz mission.

The April 22 flight is designated VS14 in Arianespace’s numbering system, and will be the company’s third mission performed from Europe’s Spaceport in 2016 to date – following successful Ariane 5 launches on January 27 (carrying Intelsat 29e) and March 9 (with EUTELSAT 65 West A).

Three additional passengers are to be lofted along with Sentinel-1B on Soyuz Flight VS14: the CNES French space agency’s Microscope spacecraft; the first scientific satellite for Norway, NORSAT-1; and a cubesat payload that will be orbited as part of ESA’s Fly Your Satellite! educational program.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/payload-preparations-advance-for-arianespaces-soyuz-mission-with-sentinel-1b/

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Mar 21, 2016

A cornerstone of modern physics is to be studied by the Microscope payload on Arianespace’s next Soyuz mission

Pre-launch preparation activity is underway in French Guiana with the Microscope satellite, which will be orbited from the Spaceport in April aboard an Arianespace Soyuz launcher to validate a cornerstone of modern physics: the equivalence principle.

While in Earth orbit, Microscope will provide data on the relative motion of two bodies in permanent free-fall, studying their movement during several months instead of just seconds possible with ground-based testing.

By furthering knowledge of the equivalence principle – which postulates the equality between gravitational mass and inertial mass – the results from Microscope could open new vistas for theories of gravitation.

Microscope is the French acronym for: Microsatellite à traînée compensée pour l’observation du principe d’equivalence (Microsatellite with drag compensation for observation of the equivalence principle).  This 300-kg. payload is based on the French CNES space agency’s Myriade series of microsatellites, and is equipped with cold-gas microthrusters capable of compensating for the smallest trajectory perturbations which might otherwise distort the results.

CNES is in charge of developing the full Microscope system and building the satellite. It is providing 90 percent of funding for this mission, serving as prime contractor in charge of the satellite bus development, satellite integration and testing prior to launch. The space agency also is responsible for construction and operation of the mission control center.

Arianespace Keeps Pace With Its Goal Of 12 Launches In 2016

During Arianespace’s April 22 launch of Soyuz, Microscope will be orbited along with the Sentinel-1B observation radar platform for Europe’s Copernicus Earth observation program, as well as two very small cubesat passengers: Norway’s first scientific satellite, NORSAT-1; and a payload from ESA’s “Fly Your Satellite!” educational program.

The upcoming Soyuz mission is designated Flight VS14 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, and will be the company’s third performed from Europe’s Spaceport to date in 2016 – following successful Ariane 5 launches on January 27 (carrying Intelsat 29e) and March 9 (with EUTELSAT 65 West A).

Arianespace is targeting as many as 12 flights in 2016 with its complete launcher family, composed of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/a-cornerstone-of-modern-physics-is-to-be-studied-by-the-microscope-payload-on-arianespaces-next-soyuz-mission/

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Apr 8, 2016 

Europe’s Sentinel-1B satellite is fueled for Arianespace’s Soyuz launch on April 22

The primary payload on Arianespace’s next mission has been fueled at the Spaceport, readying this European environmental satellite for integration with its Soyuz launcher in French Guiana.


During activity in the Spaceport’s S3B clean room facility this week, Sentinel-1B was “topped off” with its propellant load, marking another step in preparations for liftoff on April 22.

Sentinel-1B carries a C-SAR (C-band synthetic aperture radar) instrument for all-weather, day/night images, and will join Sentinal-1A – lofted two years ago by Arianespace on another Soyuz mission.

Built by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, the satellite will have a liftoff mass of approximately 2,300 kg. and is to operate in low Earth orbit at an altitude of 694 kilometers. It is based on a Prima spacecraft platform developed by Thales Alenia Space on behalf of the Italian space agency, ASI.

Sentinel-1B and the identical Sentinel-1A are part of Europe’s Copernicus Earth observation program, managed by the European Space Agency (ESA) program in partnership with the European Commission. Copernicus has the goal of ensuring European independence in the acquisition and management of environmental data concerning the planet, as well as to support local authorities and policy-makers.

The April 22 mission is designated Flight VS14 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, and will be the company’s third of 12 targeted missions in 2016 with its medium-lift Soyuz, heavy-lift Ariane 5 and lightweight Vega vehicles.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/europes-sentinel-1b-satellite-is-fueled-for-arianespaces-soyuz-launch-on-april-22/
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http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/a-trio-of-miniaturized-satellites-are-ready-for-launch-on-arianespaces-next-soyuz-mission/

Apr 11, 2016
A trio of miniaturized satellites are ready for launch on Arianespace’s next Soyuz mission

Payload integration has begun for Arianespace’s Soyuz mission on April 22, with the flight’s three miniaturized auxiliary satellite passengers now installed on a special platform that enables multiple payloads to be deployed by the workhorse launcher.

This spacecraft trio is from the Fly Your Satellite! program, an educational outreach of the European Space Agency (ESA) in collaboration with European universities. With the Fly Your Satellite! activity, students are provided practical experience with a space hardware project as part of the newly-established ESA Academy.

For Arianespace’s Soyuz mission to low Earth orbit next week, the three Fly Your Satellite! spacecraft are of the so-called CubeSat-category – sized at 10.5 X 10.5 cm. each, and weighing 1 kg. per payload. They are installed in a deployment system called P-POD, and will be released during a mission lasting a total of four hours.

The three CubeSats are: OUFTI-1 from the University of Liege, Belgium, which will test a new communications subsystem; e-st@r-II, developed by the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy to demonstrate an attitude control system using measurements of the Earth’s magnetic field; and AAUSAT4 from the University of Aalborg, Denmark, to operate an automated ocean vessel identification system.

The P-POD deployment system containing these spacecraft is installed on Soyuz’ ASAP-S platform, which can accommodate several auxiliary payloads. Also integrated on ASAP-S will be the 303-kg. satellite called Microscope – a French CNES space agency spacecraft designed to validate a cornerstone of modern physics: the equivalence principle described by Albert Einstein.

The primary payload for Arianespace’s Soyuz mission on April 22 is Europe’s Sentinel-1B satellite, equipped with a C-SAR (C-band synthetic aperture radar) instrument for all-weather, day/night images as part of the Copernicus Earth observation program. Copernicus is managed by the European Space Agency (ESA) in partnership with the European Commission.

Three “Ps in a pod!” The three miniaturized CubeSat payloads from ESA’s Fly Your Satellite! university program are integrated with Soyuz launcher hardware. At left, the CubeSats are shown arranged side-by-side in their P-POD deployment system. The P-POD is then secured to a vertical mounting bracket that has been attached to the Soyuz launcher’s ASAP-S platform (photos center, and right).

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I don't see Norsat-1 in this news.

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I don't see Norsat-1 in this news.

There is a reason for that, and its not because NORSAT-1 isn't part of Fly your satellite...

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Video on ESA website: Sentinel-1B services tracking sea ice
And on youtube:
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News from arianespace:
The Fregat upper-stage has been fueled in FCube. Afterwards it has been transported to the S3B cleanroom. There the payloads will be staged on top of the Fregat stage.
With the placement of the fairing the payload segment will be finished. After enclosure the payload segment will be transported back to soyuz launch zone (zls), where it will be mated on top of the soyuz rocket.
« Last Edit: 04/12/2016 06:58 PM by Rik ISS-fan »

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