Stevenage satellites launched into space

Three satellites built in Hertfordshire have been launched today to help scientists monitor our oceans.

Russian blast off for Stevenage Satellites

The satellites were launched in Russia earlier today.
The satellites were launched in Russia earlier today. Credit: European Space Agency

Three satellites built in Hertfordshire have been launched today to help scientists monitor our oceans.

The satellites, built by Astrium in Stevenage, have been blasted up into space from Russia.

Operators watch on from the control room.
Operators watch on from the control room. Credit: European Space Agency

They're made mostly of non magnetic carbon fibre so they can measure the magnetic signal of the tides.

The satellite should provide data on how the oceans transfer heat around the Earth.
The satellite should provide data on how the oceans transfer heat around the Earth. Credit: Astrium

It should provide data on how the oceans transfer heat around the Earth, a key feature of the climate.