Yesterday started with an air of apprehension as the Sentinel-5P satellite was lifted off its stand to be transferred to the fuelling table.

Sentinel-5P being lifted onto fuelling stand. (ESA)

Whilst being lifted the ‘red tag’ thruster covers were removed.

Carefully does it. (ESA)

Gentle placement on stand. (ESA)

And finally gently placed on the fuelling stand.

On fuelling stand. (ESA)

The satellite is ready and the fuelling team is happy.

Satellite fuelling team bowled over with news they can start! (ESA)

The launcher has completed its dry run and we have been given permission to fuel. Today we start!!

From the ESA Sentinel-5P launch campaign team in Plesetsk

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