Friday 4 December was an important day for us – the transport container was opened so that we were able to see our Sentinel-3A satellite again!
First thing in the morning, the Thales Alenia Space mechanical team started preparing to open the container while a final check was done to make sure the cleanroom was clean and that the temperature and humidity levels were ok.
Sentinel-3 revealed after long journey (Sentinel-3 team)
By about 11:00 the great moment had arrived … Sentinel-3A was slowly revealed as the container lid was removed.
It was a very good feeling to see our satellite again as it had been in the container since mid-October
A detailed visual inspection showed that the satellite was in very good health and had survived the journey well.
In the afternoon, the satellite was removed from the container, mounted on the tilting dolly and rotated 90° into a vertical position.
Everything was then prepared so that the satellite could be placed on its integration stand the following day. All the functional tests and final integration activities will be carried out from this position.
Sentinel-3 on tilting device (Sentinel-3 team)
In parallel, the electrical/functional test team continued installing all ...