Posted on October 4, 2017 by Kelsea
Sealed from view
We got our last look at Sentinel-5P yesterday. Following electrical checks, the covers protecting the Tropomi instrument were removed and the two fairing halves were installed, sealing the satellite from view. It was an emotional moment for...
Posted on April 2, 2014 by Daniel
Mission control team at ESOC today
After the final preflight briefing held at 12:00GMT today at ESOC, the Sentinel-1A Mission Control Team gathered with the extended ‘team of teams’ that support launches for the traditional team photo. During the briefing, each team presented...
Posted on February 27, 2014 by Honora
Close up in the cleanroom
With yesterday’s arrival of Marco Cesa, Adriano Carbone and Paul Snoeij, our ESA team is growing. They managed a really good look at the Sentinel-1A satellite in the cleanroom, which was nice. Thales Alenia Space has finished...
Posted on October 9, 2013 by Honora
More fuelling, more testing and more moving
From Claudia (ESA), 9 October 2013 Fuelling, testing and moving three identical satellites in and out of the fuelling room certainly involves some meticulous planning. The team finished fuelling Swarm FM2 on Saturday, leaving it to settle for the rest of the weekend. It was then tested for leaks on Monday and all was fine. So, the guys were then cleared to move the satellite back to cleanroom 101a and Swarm FM1 took its place in 101b. We started fuelling Swarm FM1 this morning. In addition, the absolute scalar magnetometers were tested yesterday – for all three satellites. These sensors are positioned right at the end of the satellites’ boom. They measure...
Posted on April 18, 2012 by Honora
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...
Posted on April 3, 2012 by Honora
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...
Posted on March 19, 2012 by Honora
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.