Monthly Archives: January 2016

Inspections, tests and special visits

Yesterday, the industrial team did some more satellite ‘active’ babysitting. As the last time, they visually inspected Sentinel-3A, re-powered the hydrazine alarms and checked the environmental conditions in the cleanroom and the EGSE room. In the afternoon...

Sentinel-3A gets new launch date

Yesterday, the team in Plesetsk received a communication from Eurockot and Khrunichev informing them that 16 February has been designated as the new launch date. The official letter is expected in the next day or so. This...

Sentinel-3A takes power nap

While we wait for news about a new launch date, we have started to prepare our satellite for a ‘power nap’. This involves removing the battery arming plugs and discharging the battery by 50%, which will help...

Satellite fuelling on hold

Although the plan was to start the hazardous process of fuelling Sentinel-3A on Wednesday, unfortunately we’ve have had to put a hold on preparing our satellite for launch. Khrunichev explained that apparently the launch pad needs to...

Fully charged and ready to fuel

First thing yesterday morning we were given a safety briefing on the fuelling, which is extremely hazardous and planned to start later this week. In preparation, the propulsion team is now installing all the necessary equipment in...

Into position

According to the Russian Orthodox calendar the New Year started yesterday, so “Happy Russian New Year!” So, since getting back into the cleanroom we’ve taken Sentinel-3A out of the storage container and it is now in a...

Back to Plesetsk and brrrrr… it’s cold

We were greeted by clear sunny skies … but the temperature of –27°C was a bit of a shock as we arrived in Plesetsk yesterday to resume the launch campaign for Sentinel-3A. The 22 of us arrived...