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N° 7–2002: ESA's Envisat satellite ready for lift-off

22 February 2002

Follow the launch from any of five ESA and Arianespace establishments

During the night of 28 February/1 March Envisat, ESA's most powerful and sophisticated Earth observation satellite, will be launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's spaceport in Kourou at 22:07 hrs Kourou time (02:07 hrs CET).


Built by a consortium of 50 companies led by Astrium, Envisat is the successor to ESA's ERS satellites. With an array of ten instruments to monitor land, oceans, atmosphere and ice caps, it will provide the most complete set of observations ever achieved, to help scientists understand how changes affect our climate and answer questions such as: Is the ozone hole growing? What concentrations of greenhouse gases are to be found in the atmosphere? What is the state of the El Niño current? What is the state of the rain forest? How fast are ice caps melting?

Media representatives in Europe can follow the videotransmission of the launch at ESA/Darmstadt (ESOC) in Germany, which will be acting as the main European press centre, ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, ESA/Frascati (ESRIN) in Italy, ESA/Villafranca (VILSPA) in Spain, and Arianespace at Evry in France. At each site ESA specialists will be available for interviews.

Media representatives wishing to attend are requested to complete the attached reply form and fax it to the Communication Office at the establishment of their choice.

The ESA TV Service will provide comprehensive coverage of the launch, via satellite feeds. Details of the transmission schedule for the various Video News Releases can be found on

The launch can be followed live on the internet broadband at, starting at 01:45 hrs and lasting until 02:47 hrs.


ENVISAT LAUNCH ACCREDITATION FORM- Launch on 28 February/1 March 2002

First name: _______________ Surname : ______________________

Media : ____________________________________________________

Address : __________________________________________________


Tel : _________________________ Fax : ______________________

Mobile : ______________________ e-mail : ___________________

I will be attending the Envisat launch event at the following site:

( )Germany:

Location: ESA/ESOC

Address: Robert-Bosch Strasse 5, Darmstadt, Germany Opening hours: 23:00 - 04:00 hrs

Press briefing: 06:30 - 8:00 hrs,

Public telephone server for press briefing: +49 - 69 - 27 11 32 32(listen only)

Contact point: Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin

Tel:+49 6151 90 2696/2459

Fax: +49 6151 90 2961

Info line: +49 - 6151 - 90 26 09

( ) The Netherlands

Location : Space Expo for ESA/ESTEC

Address: Keplerlaan 3, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Opening hours: 23.00 - 04.00 hrs

Contact point: Heidi Graf

Tel:+31 71 565 3006 during office hours

Tel: +31 71 36 46 446 during launch night (Space Expo)

Fax: +31 71 565 5728

Info line: +33. 71 565 8016

( ) Italy

Location: ESA/ESRIN

Address: Via G. Galilei, Frascati (Rome), Italy

Opening hours: 23:00 - 03:00 hrs

Contact point: Franca Morgia



( ) Spain

Location: ESA/VILSPA Satellite Station

Address Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid

Opening hours: 23:30 - 03:00 hrs

Contact point: Valeriano Claros

Tel:+34. 91. 813.1111


( ) France

Location: Arianespace

Address: Boulevard de l'Europe, 91006 Evry

Opening hours : 01:00 - 04:00 hrs

Contact point : Odile Laborie




Please complete the form and fax it to the site of your choice.