Posted on August 30, 2017 by Mariangela
Last steps to launch
Follow the launch campaign teams as they prepare ESA’s Earth observation satellites for liftoff. The latest satellite launched was Sentinel-5P on 13 October 2017 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.
Sentinel-5 Precursor – also known as Sentinel-5P – is the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere. The satellite carries the state-of-the-art Tropomi instrument to map a multitude of trace gases such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide and aerosols – all of which affect the air we breathe and therefore our health, and our climate.
ESA’s Earth observation missions are launched from a number of sites, such as Plesetsk in Russia, Baikonur in Kazakhstan and from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana.
The ‘launch campaign’ starts when the satellite is shipped to the launch site. Over the following month or so, the launch campaign team thoroughly tests and fuels the satellite and integrates it with the rocket before it is rolled out to the launch pad.
The team as a whole usually comprises of teams from ESA and the industrial party that built the satellite, along with teams from the launch provider.
With posts and photos provided by ESA’s teams, this blog brings you up to date with the daily activities involved in the last steps before the final liftoff.