European Space Agency eyes fourth pop at Sentinel sat launch
Weather and dodgy Soyuz inertial unit to blame for delays
The European Space Agency (ESA) is hoping to finally gets its Sentinel-1B Earth-watching satellite off the ground tonight, following three cancelled launches.
Sentinel-1B was scheduled to depart the launchpad at Kourou, French Guiana, atop a Soyuz lifter on Friday. Unfavourable weather scuppered the attempt.
ESA says the offending unit has been replaced, and pending a technical review, Sentinel-1B will be on its way tonight at 21:02 GMT. The agency will have live coverage here.
Sentinel-1B. Pic: ESA / Pierre Carril
The pair form part of the Copernicus environmental monitoring network. ®