Monthly Archives: March 2016

‘Babysitting’ a satellite

Last week, the team in Kourou was reduced from 16 to 3 to allow the majority of the team to return to their families for the Easter period. The remaining three hardy souls were tasked with looking...

On track

We have been continuing to functional tests on the Sentinel-1B satellite. This has included testing the avionics sub-system including the on-board computer and the attitude and orbit control sub-system’s sensors and actuators. We’ve also completed the X-band...

Focus on networks

Yesterday, the team continued testing Sentinel-1B. These tests included checking the ‘redundant avionics sub-system, the onboard computer and the attitude and orbit control subsystem’s sensors and actuators. We also did a health check on the payload data...

Off to a flying start

Now that we have the Sentinel-1B safely in the ‘high bay’ at Europe’s Spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana, or Centre Spatial Guyanais, CGS, as it’s known locally, the campaign to prepare the satellite for liftoff on...

Sentinel-1B launch campaign starts

With Sentinel-1A now in orbit around Earth since April 2014, it is time for its identical sister satellite, Sentinel-1B, to make up the two-satellite constellation. The pair of satellites will orbit 180° apart to optimise revisit times...