When your job is putting satellites into space on a huge rocket, there's a lot of pressure - hundreds of millions of euros worth of equipment is at stake with every launch. Meet one man who makes things go smoothly.
Two satellites have been successfully launched into orbit despite French firm Arianespace losing contact with its rocket. NASA also breathed a sigh of relief, as equipment for its latest mission was also on board.
An Ariane 5 rocket will put four more navigation satellites in orbit, bringing the total in Europe's global positioning arsenal to 22. It is a year ago since Galileo started offering its services.
The latest European Sentinel satellite went into orbit after taking off from Russia. It will provide data to help emergency services manage their response to natural disasters.
There's a palpable sense of superstition ahead of the Sentinel-2B launch in French Guiana. You won't get into the Jupiter control center wearing red - that's the stop color. But so far it's looking good.
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