Europe’s MetOp-C Weather Satellite Launches on Soyuz Rocket

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MetOp-C Soyuz Rocket Booster

MetOp-C Soyuz Rocket Booster

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket sits atop its launch awaiting the installation of the European MetOp-C weather satellite ahead of a planned launch from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on Nov. 6, 2018.

Ignition!

Ignition!

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket carrying the MetOp-C weather satellite launches into space from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on Nov. 6, 2018.

Unloading MetOp-C

Unloading MetOp-C

The MetOp-C satellite is unloaded from an Antonov cargo plane near the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Ascent

Ascent

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket carrying the MetOp-C weather satellite launches into space from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on Nov. 6, 2018.

Ready to Launch!

Ready to Launch!

The MetOp-C weather satellite sits in position on the Arianespace Soyuz rocket in the launch tower ahead of its liftoff from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The Large Space Simulator

The Large Space Simulator

In this vacuum chamber, the MetOp-C satellite underwent extensive tests to make sure it was ready for launch. But first, scientists had to make sure the Large Space Simulator was ready to tackle those tests, so they set up all the equipment and tested it before bringing MetOp-C inside.

The Large Space Simulator

The Large Space Simulator

MetOp-C’s payload module enters Europe’s largest vacuum chamber, the Large Space Simulator, during testing in March 2017.

Last-Minute Checks

Last-Minute Checks

Engineers at the Guiana Space Center work to prepare the MetOp-C satellite for launch.

Preparing MetOp-C for Launch

Preparing MetOp-C for Launch

Engineers at the Guiana Space Center work to prepare the MetOp-C satellite for launch.

MetOp-C’s Orbit

MetOp-C's Orbit

MetOp satellites circle the Earth in a nearly polar, sun-synchronous orbit just over 500 miles (800 kilometers) above Earth. In this type of orbit, the satellite is constantly exposed to sunlight as it circles between Earth’s north and south poles.

The 1st MetOp Launch

The 1st MetOp Launch

The Soyuz rocket that launched MetOp-A in 2006 is erected on the launchpad at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

MetOp-A

MetOp-A

MetOp-A, the first of the three MetOp satellites, is shown in the clean room ahead of its launch in October 2006.

MetOp-A

MetOp-A

MetOp-A is about to be encapsulated in its payload fairing before launch.

MetOp-A

MetOp-A

The MetOp satellites are each about as big as a bus.

MetOp-B

MetOp-B

MetOp-B’s payload module is ready to be encapsulated into its payload fairing ahead of its launch in 2006.

MetOp-B

MetOp-B

This was the last view of the MetOp-B satellite before it was stuffed into its payload fairing and launched into space.

MetOp-B Lifts Off!

MetOp-B Lifts Off!

The second satellite in the MetOp series, MetOp-B, launched on Sept. 17, 2012, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

2018-11-07 01:09:00

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