Author Archives: Honora

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...

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’...

Sentinel-3B: and she’s up

After unpacking Sentinel-3B and positioning it on the tilting dolly, the satellite has been switched on and moved into a vertical position. The team switched on the satellite on Friday 23 March – always a tense moment....

Sentinel-3B: on the dolly

Following its arrival at the Plesetsk launch site, the Sentinel-3B satellite has been taken out of its transport container and placed on its ‘tilting dolly’. This dolly holds the satellite in various positions, allowing the engineers to...

Sentinel-3B: preparing to unveil

The Sentinel-3B shipment has now arrived safely at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome and the team has been busy getting everything into the facilities. The Antonov cargo aircraft left Nice, France, in the late evening on 15 March. The...

Sentinel-3B: off to meet our satellite

Yesterday it was –5°C and snowed gently all day. This is a bit of a contrast to the sunny weather we had last weekend, and even bigger contrast to the weather in the south of France where...

Sentinel-3B: Advance team gets ready to receive

With the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-3B set for 25 April, the first team has arrived at Russia’s Plesetsk launch site to prepare for the arrival of the satellite. Sentinel-3B has spent the last year at Thales...

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...