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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.

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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.

 

Solar Activity Increasing

After one of the longest and deepest periods of solar inactivity in recent history, there have been hints the sun is reawakening, just weeks before PROBA2’s launch. For PROBA2 scientists, who hope to study the causes and effects of solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and coronal holes — all associated with increased solar activity — this is good news.

The weekly bulletin from ROB’s Solar Influences Data Center tells the story of one recent event:

Installation of PROBA2 in Eurockot Completed

Today the SMOS satellite was encapsulated under the rocket fairing, which protects the satellites during launch. This means that the two payload fairing halves were mounted together and both satellites were enclosed in the fairing. Then the fairing was lowered and finally mounted onto the Breeze upper stage.

PROBA2 Set For Launch

PROBA2 is in Plesetsk, Russia being prepared for launch on November 2!

You can follow all of the events leading up to PROBA2’s launch.

The Peter in Plesetsk Blog (in Dutch) gives updates on PROBA2’s status from the perspective of an engineer working on launch preparations.

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