Post-fuelling curry

After the delicate task of fuelling Sentinel-5P had been done, the satellite was lifted to be weighed to confirm how much fuel had been added. After that the fuelling team ‘decontaminated’ and packed up. With the satellite...

Sentinel-5P mission control team in 'sim' training at ESOC on 7 September 2017. Credit: ESA
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ESOC readies for Sentinel-5P

Daniel Mesples talk with us about the training and preparations for 5P launch at ESA’s mission control centre in Germany.

Fuel Sentinel-5P: done

Almost a month has passed and we have reached a major milestone. After receiving permisson to go ahead, the satellite is fuelled. We all thank them for loading our baby properly for its life in space. Fuelling...

Sentinel-5P lifted onto fuelling stand

Yesterday started with an air of apprehension as the Sentinel-5P satellite was lifted off its stand to be transferred to the fuelling table. Whilst being lifted the ‘red tag’ thruster covers were removed. And finally gently placed...

Sentinel-5P ready to be fuelled

While the Sentinel-5P is ready to be fuelled, before this can go ahead, the rocket has to be tested. So, on Sunday the rocket booster unit was taken to the launch pad and yesterday the ‘ascent unit’,...

Sentinel-5P declared fit and well

After having Sunday off to recharge, the team has been forging ahead this week putting Sentinel-5P through its series of health checks, which we’ve now finished. We have also done the network countdown rehearsal. Here the satellite...

Battery checks, fuelling preps, bowling and bagpipes

It’s hard to believe that the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite arrived in Plesetsk a just week ago – we’ve certainly had an exciting and busy few days. Despite it being the weekend, we worked on Saturday and finished...

Switched on

Yesterday was a good day. After the last couple of days spent unpacking and setting up all our support equipment, taking Sentinel-5P out of its transport container and positioning it for testing, yesterday we were ready to...

Sentinel-5P unveiled

Yesterday, we opened Sentinel-5P’s transport contain to reveal our baby after its journey to Plesetsk. Once the satellite had been carefully lifted out of the container it was turned to stand vertically and then moved from cleanroom...

Getting ready to unveil Sentinel-5P

Yesterday, was the first day that we felt that we were starting to get into a routine: breakfast at 07:00, bus to the launch facilities at 08:00, work all day, bus back to the hotel at 18:30...

Sentinel-5P arrives at launch site

The weekend started with us all in great spirits after Sentinel-5P had arrived safely and us now having the satellite container in the ‘MIK’ cleanroom here in Plesetsk. Sentinel-5P started its journey last Thursday when it was...

Farewell to Sentinel-5P

Today, Sentinel-5P was loaded on the Antonov aircraft that will take this latest Copernicus satellite to Russia to be prepared for liftoff in October. Sealed in its special protective container, the satellite was taken by lorry from...