Rockot Launcher orbits Sentinel-5p Earth Observation Mission / Successful Launch of European Copernicus Satellite
Eurockot Launch Services GmbH of Bremen, Germany, successfully launched the Sentinel-5p satellite today at 12:27 hrs local time (09:27 hrs UTC, 11:27 hrs CET) from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia for the European Space Agency (ESA) using a Rockot launch vehicle. The satellite was injected at approximately 824 km altitude and 98.75 degrees inclination.
This was Eurockot’s second launch in support of the European Copernicus multiple satellite system following the successful launch of Sentinel-3A in February 2016.
Copernicus is the Earth Observation Satellite Programme headed by the European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). Copernicus satellites support the European Union`s European policy of improving the management of the environment globally to help mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security.
Sentinel-5P is dedicated to monitoring the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere as part of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).
Eurockot Launch Services GmbH is the joint venture of ArianeGroup (51%) and Khrunichev Space Center (49%).
Eurockot's next mission will be the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite in 2018.
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