ESA agrees to press ahead with 2013 Sentinel launch |
14 June 2012
The European Space Agency (ESA) on June 14 agreed to proceed with the launch of the Sentinel 1A environmental satellite in late 2013 following an indication - but no commitment - from the European Commission that it will consider operating the satellite and a fleet of others like it, ESA officials said.
The 19-nation ESA will immediately begin negotiations with Europe's Arianespace launch consortium to secure a three-month launch window for Sentinel 1A starting in October 2013. The satellite will be launched aboard a Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket from Europe's Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.
ESA and the European Commission - the executive arm of the 27-nation European Union - have been at loggerheads over Sentinel 1A and the other components of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program for a year.
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Source: Space News