Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sentinel-3A unplugged

Today, Sentinel-3A will be put in its container for storage over the Christmas break so the last few days have been spent finishing this part of the testing phase and preparing to put our baby to bed....

Almost time to pack up for Christmas

Yesterday was a very successful day, with respect to both the launcher and satellite activities. We achieved a major milestone with the satellite: we are pleased to report that we have now fully completed the ‘stand-alone’ activities....

Bunker work and fuelling suits

Fortunately, the weather has now turned colder here and the rain has finally stopped. Friday was really wet and icy – all the roads and footpaths were extremely slippery. In fact, on our way to the MIK...

Making headway with Sentinel-3 testing

From the ESA Sentinel-3 launch campaign team Testing is going well. Today the satellite’s attitude and orbit control system was checked, and we ran tests on the Sea Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR) and on the Microwave...

Time to relax then down to business

We spent Sunday resting, which we all needed after being so busy the last weeks. This meant that the three people who’ve been cooking for us every day could also have a day off and Eurockot invited...

Sentinel-3 awake

Friday 4 December was an important day for us – the transport container was opened so that we were able to see our Sentinel-3A satellite again! First thing in the morning, the Thales Alenia Space mechanical team...

Unpacking and getting organised

Most of the activities that we had planned for today were carried out despite the fact that we had some delays because we couldn’t use the main hall for two hours as the Russian military was busy...

Safe at the launch site

After an eventful journey to Russia, by plane, lorry and train, the Sentinel-3A satellite is safe and sound in the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia, for lift-off next month. Even before the three-day journey to the Plesetsk...