Monthly Archives: April 2018

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Sentinel-3B launched for Copernicus

The second Sentinel-3 satellite, Copernicus Sentinel-3B, was launched today, joining its identical twin Sentinel-3A in orbit. This pairing of satellites increases coverage and data delivery for the European Union’s Copernicus environment programme. The 1150 kg Sentinel-3B satellite...

Ready for liftoff

With Sentinel-3B sitting and waiting patiently for liftoff and the launch dress rehearsal done, most of us had a day off yesterday – and now we are all rested and ready for tonight’s launch! Monday’s dress rehearsal...

Sentinel-3B poised

With the satellite being rolled out to the launch pad and positioned in the launch tower, it’s been a very exciting weekend. Last Friday, with the Rockot upper composite all finished, it was moved from the 101B...

Sentinel-3B fairing adorned

Sentinel-3B’s rocket fairing has now been adorned with the mission sticker and everyone has written good luck messages from themselves and on behalf of colleagues that are not in Plesetsk. ESA’s Patricia Lopez said. “It was nice...

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Last look at Sentinel-3B

On Monday, the team had a busy day moving Sentinel-3B to a different cleanroom and mating it with the rocket’s upper stage. To do this, the satellite was hoisted into the air and then lowered onto the...

Sentinel-3B meets launch adapter

Over the weekend, Sentinel-3B was mated with the launch adapter in the next steps to prepare it for launch next week. Following successful independent testing of both the satellite and the Rockot launcher, we have now reached...

Sentinel-3B fully tanked

Getting a satellite ready to be launched involves a long list of jobs, but with Sentinel-3B now fuelled, this particular ‘to do’ list is significantly shorter. And, importantly, all is on track for liftoff on 25 April!...

Sentinel-3B: suited and booted

The fuelling team has been suited and booted for the hazardous task of filling the Sentinel-3B satellite with 130 kg of hydrazine – looking good guys! Since this is happening today, only the Thales Alenia Space fuelling...

Sentinel-3B: time to clean, it’s tradition!

According to Russian tradition, yesterday was Clean Thursday – a time to purify in preparation to the upcoming orthodox Easter celebration. So, we tried to comply as best we could and cleaned a lot. First we cleaned...

Sentinel-3B: forging ahead

The weather seems to be turning milder here in Plesetsk. There are even some patches of green grass emerging here and there as the snow melts. However, it’s really slippery outside. Inside, however, our feet are firmly...

Sentinel-3B: Easter at the launch site

Well we had a hint of spring weather over the Easter weekend, but winter seems to have returned bringing us wind and snow.  The weather aside, we have been busy ticking off items on the ‘to do’...