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Green light to fuel rocket

The day before launch, and the process of fuelling the Rockot launcher that will take Swarm into orbit has started at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. Yesterday evening the State Commission authorised the go-ahead to fuel the launcher. This formal authorisation confirms that launch can take place, as planned on 22 November at 13:02 (CET). The authorisation follows a formal review, which concluded that the satellite, the launcher, the launch pad, the cosmodrome and the ground station network is ready. Fuelling therefore stated this morning at 07:00 CET (10:00 local time) and should be completed by 22:00 CET.

Juicing up our satellite: MetOp-B fuelled

From Luca (ESA), Baikonur, 31 August MetOp-B’s Reaction Control System (RCS) – the mission's thrusters – has been fuelled and pressurised in preparation for launch on 17 September. The satellite was transferred to Starsem's Hazardous Processing Facility for the operation and a specialist team from Astrium carefully checked their equipment before operations could begin. The tank of thruster fuel (MetOp uses hydrazine propellant for propulsion. ) was also transferred from the storage area to the facility. Hydrazine is a hazardous chemical and has to be handled carefully to ensure the safety of both personnel and the spacecraft. Hydrazine is highly flammable and also poses health risks if it comes in contact with skin or...