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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...

MetOp checked for fuelling

From Nick (ESA), Baikonur, 24 April Final health checks on MetOp-B’s Reaction Control System (RCS) have been completed in preparation for fuelling. The RCS consists of tanks that will contain the Hydrazine fuel pressurised with Helium gas, and several small thrusters that can be used to adjust the satellite’s orbit after separation from the launcher. The specialist team from Astrium Ltd, who prepare the RCS for launch, arrived in Baikonur in mid-April and quickly began to test the RCS to make sure everything was working correctly following shipment.  Tests include functional checks of the valves and pressure transducers, a calibration of the pressure sensors and tests to ensure there are no leaks...