Posted on February 20, 2017 by Kelsea
Sentinel-2B in the launch tower
Two weeks before liftoff, Sentinel-2B is in position high up in the launch tower at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
On Saturday, the upper composite carrying the Sentinel-2B satellite was taken from the integration facility to the launch pad.
It was then lifted up the gantry to the same level as the Vega’s AVUM upper-stage. Electrical connections were installed and the satellite was switched on: all worked well. It was then connected – or ‘mated’ – with the upper stage.
On Sunday the satellite successfully underwent functional tests.