EnMAP successfully launched!!!

published on April 04, 2022
Falcon -9 rocket, EnMAP launch. Credit: SpaceX

On April 1, 2022, at 6:24 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST), EnMAP started its journey into space as the largest payload on a Falcon 9 rocket from the US space company SpaceX from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

EnMAP was launched under the tip of a Falcon 9 rocket together with 39 other payloads, some of which were very small, from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. EnMAP's journey marks the 145th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, the first stage of which has now flown into space for the seventh time. The satellite separated from its launcher just 15 minutes after launch. At 19:45 CEST the first data were transmitted to the German Space Operations Center in Oberpfaffenhofen. After that, EnMAP was put into operation, the systems were booted up and the target orbit was set. A phase follows to verify the correct functioning of the satellite. During this phase, special attention is paid to whether the quality of this initial data meets our expectations. Six months after launch, the mission then moves to the operational phase.

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