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L-1: Update from Plesetsk

ESA’s Swarm mission to study the Earth’s magnetic field is on its launch pad! Lift off is currently scheduled at 13:02 CET, 22 November 2013, on top of a Rockot launcher from Plesetsk in Northern Russia. This...

Successful integration of the upper composite, containi...

Taken from EUMETSAT, 12 September The mechanical integration of the Upper Composite with Soyuz Block was performed successfully on 11 September, and electrical tests are now underway. Weighing about 12 tonnes (12,000 kilos), the Upper Composite was carefully lifted with a crane onto a train on the afternoon of 10 September. The train and its precious cargo made a slow and steady journey overnight, finally arriving at its destination the following morning. Once safely inside the MIK 40 processing facility, the mechanical integration of the Upper Composite and Soyuz Block I was initiated and completed. The launch team is now conducting a series of electrical tests and everything is running according to...

A week in pictures: MetOp-B nears launch configuration

From ESA's launch campaign team, Baikonur, 3 April Last week was busy, but things went well. The main activities included the pyro-connection, alignment, solar array integration and finishing off applying the multilayer insulation. To take all the alignment measurements, the satellite was positioned vertically on a 'rotary table'. Measurements were taken using reference mirror cubes and thodolite to verify the instrument and the attitude and orbit control system were aligned. In total, 58 measurements were taken. Then came the task of joining the solar array to the satellite. To do this satellite was tilted and rotated to receive the array. The integration the solar array was finally completed and tested. In parallel, the multilayer...