Author Archives: Kelsea

Sealed from view

We got our last look at Sentinel-5P yesterday. Following electrical checks, the covers protecting the Tropomi instrument were removed and the two fairing halves were installed, sealing the satellite from view. It was an emotional moment for...

Sentinel-2B in the launch tower

Two weeks before liftoff, Sentinel-2B is in position high up in the launch tower at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. On Saturday, the upper composite carrying the Sentinel-2B satellite was taken from the integration facility to...

Fully fuelled and under pressure

Following the successful completion of the fuelling operation, the team continued with the next hazardous step: pressurizing the fuel tanks. This last step was completed and on Friday the spacecraft mated with the PAF, the interface adapter...

‘Babysitting’ a satellite

Last week, the team in Kourou was reduced from 16 to 3 to allow the majority of the team to return to their families for the Easter period. The remaining three hardy souls were tasked with looking...

Sentinel-3A meets flight and launch adapters

Over the weekend, Sentinel-3A was mated with the flight and launch adapters in the next steps to prepare it for launch next week. While Saturday’s mating with the flight adapter was successful, there was a minor hiccup:...

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Testing Sentinel-2A

Wolfgang Pitz from Airbus Defence and Space joins the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme in the cleanroom at IABG in Munich to discuss testing the Sentinel-2A satellite.