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N° 27–2009: Follow the launch of ESA's SMOS and Proba-2 satellites

28 October 2009

ESA's SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) and Proba-2 (PRoject for OnBoard Autonomy) satellites are scheduled for launch on Monday 2 November at 02:50 CET on a Russian Rockot launcher from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia.


SMOS, ESA's water mission, is the first satellite designed both to map sea surface salinity and monitor soil moisture on a global scale, thus contributing to better understanding of the Earth's water cycle. Proba-2 will perform in-orbit demonstration of 17 advanced satellite technologies, solar observation experiments and plasma environment studies.

The main launch event for SMOS and Proba-2 will be held at ESA’s ESRIN establishment in Frascati, Italy. ESA senior management and programme specialists will be on hand to give explanations and interviews.

Live TV transmission of the launch will provide quality pictures to broadcasters from Plesetsk and from mission control rooms at CNES/Toulouse in France and at ESA’s Redu ground station in Belgium (for further details, see

The media (and the general public) can also follow a web-streamed video transmission at: or

Media representatives wishing to follow the main launch event at ESA/ESRIN or the local launch event at one of the other ESA establishments are requested to fill in the attached accreditation form and fax it back to the venue of their choice.


SMOS/Proba-2 Launch

Monday, 2 November 2009

First name: ________________________________


Media organisation:__________________________________







I shall be attending the SMOS/Proba-2 event at the following venue:

Main SMOS/Proba-2 launch event

[ ] Italy

Location: ESA/ESRIN

Address: Via Galileo Galilei, Frascati, Rome, Italy

Opening hours: 00:00 to 06:30

Contact: Dieter Isakeit, Tel +39 06 94180 950, Fax +39 06 94180 952

Local SMOS/Proba-2 launch events

[ ] The Netherlands

Location: ESA/ESTEC

Address: Keplerlaan 3, Noordwijk

Opening hours: 02:30 to 04:30

Contact: Pal A. Hvistendhal, Tel + 31 71 565 3006, Fax + 31 71 565 5728

[ ] Germany

Location: ESA/ESOC

Address: Robert Bosch Strasse 5, Darmstadt, Germany

Opening hours: 07:00 to 09:30 (as a post-launch press briefing)

Contact: Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin, Tel: +49.6151.902.459, Fax: +49.6151.902.961

[ ] Spain

Location: ESA/ESAC

Address: Urbanización Villafranca del Castillo, Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid

Opening hours: 01:30 to 04:30

Contact: Javier Ventura-Traveset, Tel + 34 91 813 13 59, Fax: + 34 91 813 12 19


For further information:

ESA - Media Relations Office

Tel: +33.(0)1.5369.7299

Fax: +33.(0)1.5369.7690