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29.04.2008 14:18 Age: 14 yrs

Jason-2 has just arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Category: News of the Jason-2 mission
The OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft packed in a container onboard a Boeing 747.

April 29, 2008: The OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft has just arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California (USA), for final launch preparations. Designed and built jointly by  Cnes, Eumetsat, Nasa and Noaa, the OSTM/Jason-2 will begin observing from Space, thus continuing the missions  of its two predecessors, Topex/Poseidon (1992-2006) and Jason-1 (launched in 2001).

The satellite was transported by road on April 10 from Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, to Toulouse, France. It left Toulouse by night between the 28th and 29th April onto a Boeing 747 aircraft. After refueling in Boston (USA), it arrived this morning at Vandenberg. Once the satellite payload has been integrated on a Delta II launch vehicle and covered with the fairing, it will undergo the Flight Readiness Review for a projected launch on 15th  June, 2008.

Further information:

  • Missions : <link internal-link>Jason-2
  • Cnes, <link http: www.cnes.fr web external-link-new-window>Jason-2 takes to the air.
  • Eumetsat, <link http: www.eumetsat.int home main media press_releases external-link-new-window>Jason-2 arrives in California
  • JPL, <link http: www.jpl.nasa.gov news external-link-new-window>Ocean Survey Spacecraft Arrives at Launch Site

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