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ESA approves CryoSat replacement
Posted: Fri, Feb 24, 2006, 1:41 PM ET (1841 GMT)
CryoSat illustration (ESA) The European Space Agency announced Friday that it would proceed with the development and launch of an earth sciences satellite that will replace one lost in a launch failure last year. CryoSat-2 will measure the thickness of polar ice as a means of studying global climate change. the spacecraft will be similar to the original CryoSat, but will cost less — €106.4 million (US$126.9 million) versus €140 million (US$167 million) — by taking advantage of enhanced satellite operations and data processing capabilities. The original CryoSat was lost when its Rockot booster failed on its OCtober 2005 launch. CryoSat-2 is scheduled for launch in March 2009, although the launch vehicle that will be used was not identified.
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