Third SAR-Lupe satellite on course for lift-off
Final testing at IABG – lift-off scheduled for November 1, 2007
Bremen-based space technology company OHB-System AG dispatched the third SAR-Lupe satellite yesterday evening at 10:00 pm. Its immediate destination is the IABG satellite testing center, where space conditions can be simulated to a very large extent. There it will undergo a final series of intensive testing over a period of some eight weeks, after which it will be deemed fit for lift-off from the Russian launch pad in Plesetzk.
The launch of the third radar satellite in the SAR-Lupe system has been scheduled for November 1, 2007. Like its two predecessors, it will be placed in its low-earth orbit on board a Russian COSMOS 3M.
The first two SAR-Lupe satellites have been orbiting since December 19, 2006 and July 2, 2007, respectively. They are supplying high-resolution images and operating very successfully and reliably.