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...

Join us for #Sentinel3 launch event

Be a part of Europe’s Earth observation revolution by applying to join experts at one of two Sentinel-3B launch #SocialSpace activities on 25 April. The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission is a constellation of two satellites and that’s why...

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...

Nearly ready to go home

In Plesetsk we visited the launch tower to retrieve the ‘purge cart’ and continued packing so that we are ready to load the train for departure. At the European Spacecraft Operations Centre (ESOC) with the launch and...

Time to pack up

Following the excitement of launching Sentinel-5P on Friday 13 October, the weekend was much quieter here in Plesetsk. Time has been mainly spent retrieving equipment from the MIK cleanroom and from the ‘under table room’, packing up...

Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit

The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel‑5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST)...