SMOS Arrives at Launch Site

After leaving Thales Alenia Space in the south of France on 15 September, ESA’s SMOS Earth Explorer has arrived safely at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia, where it will be prepared for launch on 2 November.

The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite will now undergo six weeks of testing and preparing for launch. SMOS will be encapsulated, along with ESA’s Proba-2 satellite, in the fairing of the Rockot launcher in preparation for liftoff at 02.50 CET on 2 November The Proba-2 team have already carried out their initial preparations and will return to Plesetsk later this month to resume the campaign. The Proba-2 is the second satellite in the European Space Agency's series of PROBA ( Project for On-Board Autonomy) low-cost satellites that are being used to validate new spacecraft technologies while also carrying scientific instruments