Cryosat First

May 17, 2010: the Cryosat-2 satellite was launched on 8 April 2010 at 15: 57 (Spanish time) from the Baikonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan). A Dnepr rocket, manufactured by the International Space Company Kosmotras company was used for this purpose. TCP Sistemas Ingenieria provided support in addition to remain on active duty in all phases of the launch. The Cryosat-2 satellite was launched on April 8, 2010 at 15: 57 (Spanish time) from the Baikonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan). A Dnepr rocket, manufactured by the International Space Company Kosmotras company was used for this purpose.

The first station which won a satellite signal was located in Malindi (Kenya), 17 minutes after the launch. This station belongs to the so-called network increased from ESA ground stations. It also operate from 2005 two sets of TCPSI: FEC and CSMC. Kiruna station contacted the satellite one hour and 26 minutes after the first reception of the signal from Malindi. As it is usual in the phases of LEOP, and given our systems for mission criticality, TCPSI professionals were supporting remote from our offices during the period time interval between one hour before the launch and 5 hours after the same. In addition, they remained on active duty (on-call) until noon on the following Sunday, prepared to react to any anomaly that may arise. Thanks to the high reliability of the FEC-CSMC binomial, there was no incidence in these systems. CryoSat-2 replaces the original Cryosat satellite that was lost in 2005 due to a failure during launch. However, the objectives of the Mission remain as defined for the first satellite: measure changes in the thickness of the vast ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica, as well as variations in the thickness of the relatively thin ice blocks floating in the polar oceans. Thanks to these measures of the thickness ice as precise in both types of ice, Cryosat-2 will provide critical information for scientists can understand the role ice plays in the ground system.