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Unpacking and getting organised

4 Dec 2015, 13:00 UTC
Unpacking and getting organised
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Most of the activities that we had planned for today were carried out despite the fact that we had some delays because we couldn’t use the main hall for two hours as the Russian military was busy moving a booster.
The mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE) that is needed to handle the satellite has been unpacked and installed in cleanroom 101-B along with the satellite container, which has been cleaned and dried. We are now ready for everything to be taken into the satellite integration room called 101-A.
Ground support equipment and satellite container in the cleanroom (Credits: ESA/Sentinel-3 team)
The Thales Alenia Space team have received ‘crane training’, which they needed to allow autonomous operations in the cleanroom.
At the same time, we’ve been busy opening the other various containers. The electrical ground support equipment (EGSE) has been moved to the EGSE room next to the integration room. All the office equipment has been moved to the office area and has been gradually set up – these are things like printers, displays, etc.
So things are starting to look more organised now!
As well as all this physical work, we had the usual meetings. In addition to the standard ...

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