Tag Archives: fuelling

Fuelling done!

Marking a milestone on the road to launch, the team finished loading Sentinel-1A’s fuel last Friday and pressurised the tanks on Monday. “We are very happy and relieved that we have reached this important milestone,” said Svein...

Gearing up for fuelling

It has been three weeks since Sentinel-1A arrived in Kourou and the campaign to prepare this new satellite for launch on 3 April is going well and according to plan. The satellite has passed all of the...

Charging Swarm

From Gianfranco (ESA) 26 September 2013 Tasks to prepare the Swarm satellites for launch are proceeding well here in Plesetsk. It may be snowing outside but we’ve been focusing on getting the satellite batteries charged and getting them ready for fuelling. Our Astrium colleagues had to arrange a few long shifts to get everything done on schedule but we are on track. The first satellite has been charged and yesterday it was moved to cleanroom 101B ready for fuelling. In the meantime, the equipment used to do the fuelling was prepared. In addition, on Tuesday we did an ‘under table room’ inspection. This is where the checkout equipment interfacing with the launcher...