Posted on October 4, 2017 by 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...
Posted on February 20, 2017 by Kelsea
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...
Posted on April 12, 2016 by Kelsea
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...
Posted on March 29, 2016 by Kelsea
‘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...
Posted on February 8, 2016 by Kelsea
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:...
Posted on March 3, 2015 by Kelsea
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.