Facts and figures

Launch:  22 November 2013

Constellation: Three identical satellites launched together 

Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia

Launcher: Rockot (with Breeze-KM upper stage)

Launch provider: Eurockot Launch Services GmbH

Nominal life: Four years (plus three-month commissioning phase)

Orbit: Two satellites orbit side-by-side at an initial altitude of 460 km, decaying naturally to 300 km; the third satellite orbits at about 530 km

Mass: Each satellite weighs 473 kg at launch (including 106 kg of Freon propellant)

Size: Each satellite is 9.1 m long (including a 4-m deployable boom), 1.5 m wide and 0.85 m high

Instruments: Vector field magnetometer, absolute scalar magnetometer, electric field instrument, accelerometer, GPS receiver, startrackers and laser retroreflector

Power: GaAs solar cells, 48 Ah Li-ion batteries

Mission control: ESA's European Satellite Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany

Ground Station: Science data downloaded to ESA’s ground station in Kiruna, Sweden 

Data: Processing, distribution and archiving managed by ESA's Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) in Frascati, Italy

Project: Mission development and commissioning managed at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Prime Contractor: EADS-Astrium GmbH

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