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PROBA2 workshop at ESA/ESTEC

On June 22, 2010, a PROBA2 workshop took place at ESA/ESTEC to review the status of the spacecraft, onboard technology demonstrators and instruments after 8 months in space.

Several colleagues of the PROBA2 Science Center participated and presented SWAP, LYRA and the Science Center located at the Royal Observatory in Belgium.

This event attracted the following press attention:

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Progress of SWAP commissioning

PROBA2 was launched on November 2, 2009 and SWAP opened its door on December 14. From then on, to March 2010, we were in the so-called commissioning phase in which every subsystem of the telescope, its electronics and its software is critically tested. Meanwhile thousands of images have been brought to the ground and handled by the PROBA2 Science Center. In this article we give a brief overview of all the fun we had in the first 7 weeks of commissioning.

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PROBA2 Press Event (26 January 2010)

Packed with novel devices and science instruments, PROBA2 is demonstrating technologies for future ESA missions while providing new views of our Sun. At a press conference on Tuesday January, 26 at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Brussels, the team behind the small satellite declared themselves extremely happy with its first three months in orbit and unveiled PROBA2’s first solar observations.

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PROBA2 witnesses a solar eclipse

People across Africa and Asia marvelled at the solar eclipse that took place on 15 January. At the same time it was being recorded from orbit – by ESA’s Sun-watching PROBA2.

SWAP First Light!

The P2SC team is very excited to announce that on 14 December 2009 the door of the SWAP telescope onboard PROBA2 was opened successfully. The first solar images confirmed that the detector and filters are working fine. During the Christmas holidays the SWAP instrument is put in storage. Early January, the procedure will start to open the LYRA covers as well.

Details about the first results of PROBA2 will be given during a press event on the 26th of January 2010 at the Royal Observatory of Belgium.

 

PROBA2 Passes First Health Checks

During its second week in orbit, ESA confirms that all systems are operating as expected. Shortly after establishing its orbit, PROBA2 was able to stabilize itself using an on-board magnetometer, and, more recently fired up the star-tracking cameras that the spacecraft will use to autonomously orient itself in space.

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Press release on PROBA2 launch

Launch of PROBA2

Eyes focused on the Sun and space weather

November 2, 2009, will be a red-letter day for the Belgian space industry and space sciences. A rocket containing PROBA2 will be fired off at 02:50 Belgian time from a Russian launch base in Plesetsk. PROBA2 will be the first ESA space weather mission dedicated to observing the Sun. Another important item: the satellite was built in Belgium.

Read more here.

Successful launch!

The PROBA2 launch was completely successful! Read more.

PROBA2 launch announced in La Libre Belgique

This weekend’s edition of La Libre Belgique has a full page on the imminent launch of PROBA2.

Irish Times covers PROBA2

PROBA2 was featured in the Irish Times on Oct. 28. The article shares news from PROBA2 team members at Trinity College Dublin, who have been developing calibration and analysis software for SWAP.

 

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