Posted on October 3, 2017 by Mariangela
Last look at Sentinel-5P
After a weekend of some well-deserved R&R, the team had a busy day yesterday moving Sentinel-5P to a different cleanroom and mating it with the rocket’s upper stage. To do this, the satellite was hoisted into the...
Posted on September 29, 2017 by Honora
Satellite now on launch adapter
Following successful independent testing of both the Sentinel-5p satellite and the Rockot launcher, we have now reached another phase, that of ‘joint operations’. This is the point where all teams work together to mount the satellite on...
Posted on September 26, 2017 by Honora
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...
Posted on September 26, 2017 by Daniel
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.
Posted on September 22, 2017 by Honora
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...
Posted on September 20, 2017 by Honora
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...
Posted on September 19, 2017 by Honora
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’,...
Posted on September 14, 2017 by Honora
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...
Posted on September 11, 2017 by Honora
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...
Posted on September 7, 2017 by Honora
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...
Posted on September 6, 2017 by Honora
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...
Posted on September 5, 2017 by Honora
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...