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Hello Breeze

From Catherine (ESA), 14 October 2013 After a bit of final fine tuning the process of fuelling all three satellites is now completed. Once again the doors between the two halls were opened and Swarm FM1, the last satellite to be fuelled, was returned to join the other two in cleanroom 101A. The functional testing of all three satellites has also been completed and everything is in working order. These activities saw the departure of Karim Bouridah and Yves Bordes and four of the Astrium Friedrichshafen team who return to continue with the simulation campaign activities at ESOC, ESA's European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany. Claudia also left us, but she'll be coming...

MSG-3 on the launch pad

MSG-3 has been rolled out to the launch pad 3 km away from the integration facilities at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Launch is set for today at 23.36 CEST. The launch window closes at 00.05. Watch the launch live at www.esa.int.