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Mission control team in simulation training this AM

And a brief note on a simple tool used in mission operations… Here are some quick photos taken this morning at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany, where the MetOp-B mission operations team is conducting a simulation in the Main Control Room (MCR). Specifically, it’s the ‘B’-team doing the sim; the team is split into an A- and a B-team so as to provide 24-hour-per-day staffing in the MCR during the ~72-hour launch and early orbit phase (LEOP) prior to handover to Eumetsat. ESA’s Andreas Rudolph (see at far right in the photo above) is the Flight Director for the B-team. ESOC’s newly renovated MCR makes it a little tough...

MetOp readied for fuelling

From Damiano (ESA), Baikonur 17 April The MetOp launch campaign has now reached the end of the first preparation phase during which a number of activities have been successfully carried out. Straight after the arrival at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the MetOp Payload Module and the Service Module were mated together. MetOp was then tested to verify the health of the instruments and equipment onboard. Following the functional verifications, we have performed some mechanical verification. The building up of the spacecraft has continued with the integration of the solar array, the pyrotechnical devices and the finalisation of the thermal blankets – the multilayer insulation. To close this first phase of operations, we performed...

A happy team after MetOp-B health check

From Damiano Serlenga (ESA), Baikonur Cosmodrome, 19 March 2012 Still snowing here in Baikonur! This photo of the team was taken in front of the MIK-112 after Test Review Board of the ‘satellite health check’. This test confirms the instruments on MetOp-B are ‘alive’. There were about 80 of us involved in the test, including support teams from Europe, USA and Canada. The whole teams has been working a double shift for a week to get through the test. Everything has gone well and we’re now ready for the next milestone: integrating MetOp-B’s solar array.  

MetOp launch campaign takes off

From Damiano Serlenga (ESA), Baikonur Cosmodrome, 6 March 2012 We have arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. We flew on an Antonov cargo aircraft from Toulouse, France along with several containers of ground support equipment we need to prepare MetOp-B for launch on 23 May. The shipment from France to Kazakhstan was made by three Antonov cargo aircraft. The first carried 12 containers of equipment needed to prepare the satellite for launch, the second carried the MetOp-B satellite (the payload module and service module) along with another 6 containers and the third flight carried MetOp-B’s solar array and 10 more containers.  The journey hasn’t been easy as the weather caused delays....