Second time lucky. CryoSat2 was successfully launched yesterday from Kazakhstan following the failure of the first attempt in 2005. The remainder of the Launch and Early Operations Phase will continue over the coming weeks before data will begin to be disseminated. More details are available from ESA and the BBC.
That brings to three, the number of satellites launched as part of the ESA Earth Observation programme with CryoSat2 following earlier successful launches of GOCE and SMOS. Jonathan Amos gives a good overview of just what rude health the European EO sector is currently facing which is well worth a read in the afterglow of yesterdays launch.