Going home

This is in some ways a sad entry as it marks the end of the Sentinel-5P launch campaign – but really it marks the end of an extraordinary launch campaign, launch, ‘launch and early orbit phase’ and start of commissioning.

Leaving Plesetsk. (ESA)

For the last few of the launch campaign team members, the Antonov flew the last five and a half hour leg from Ulyanovsk to Stanstead in the UK. Bill found a new office on the plane.

Still working on the way home. (ESA)

Once back at Stanstead, the cargo will be transported by road back to Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage and the team can have a well-earned rest. For some of the team this is the end of 58 days away from home.

Arrival back in the UK. (ESA)

For the operations team the science data has been downlinked and processed by the Payload Data Ground Segment stations. This again was a great success.

This really has been an amazing week for all the team.

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

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