MetOp on the launch pad
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MetOp-A launch diary

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In addition to its news coverage of the MetOp-A launch, ESA documented the behind-the-scenes events in a launch diary to provide readers with a unique view of the launch process. The launch diary begins with the satellite’s arrival at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in April then documents the scheduled inspections and events in preparation for the launch, first in July, with various launch attempts, and then again in October, providing up-to-the-minute updates and details on its successful launch on 19 October 2006.

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MetOp in vertical position
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Upper-composite and third-stage being coupled
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Integration of MetOp upper-composite and third-stage comple…

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MetOp upper-composite being lifted onto the train
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Safe arrival at the launch facility for MetOp

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MetOp encapsulation
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MetOp encapsulated in fairing

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MetOp joins the Fregat upper-stage
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MetOp integrated with Fregat upper-stage

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Cleaning the GOME-2 instrument
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MetOp launch campaign resumed

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MetOp in orbit
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MetOp to be launched in October

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MetOp on the launch pad
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Launch of MetOp-A postponed

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Roll-out to the launch pad
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MetOp ready for launch

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Upper-composite moved out of UCIF
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Upper-composite transferred to launcher integration facility

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MetOp ready for encapsulation
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Last-ever look at MetOp

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MetOp being lifted by crane
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MetOp joins Fregat upper-stage

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MetOp leaving the HPF
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MetOp fuelled and pressurised

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MetOp in UCIF
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MetOp-A gets green light for 17 July launch date

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AMSU-A1 installation
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MetOp – last phase of testing before launch

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MetOp's arrival at Baikonur
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MetOp satellite shipped to Baikonur on 18 April

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Soyuz launch vehicle

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