Sentinel-3A successfully launched into orbit

by — 2016-02-17 21:20:55

The third Copernicus Sentinel satellite carrying four Earth-observing instruments was launched into orbit on 16 February at 17:57 GMT (18:57 CET; 20:57 local time) on a Rockot launcher from Plesetsk, Russia.

Sentinel-3A was delivered into its planned orbit, 815 km above Earth, being separated 79 min into the flight.

The first signal from Sentinel-3A was received after 92 min by the Kiruna station in Sweden. Telemetry links and attitude control were then established by controllers at ESAs ESOC operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany, allowing them to monitor the health of the satellite.