Today, Sentinel-3A will be put in its container for storage over the Christmas break so the last few days have been spent finishing this part of the testing phase and preparing to put our baby to bed.
Thales team member checking Sentinel-3A. (ESA)
We finished up testing the satellite on Thursday 17 December, which included the ‘launch configuration test’. In parallel, the Thales team worked on the satellite’s multilayer insulation. At the end of the day the satellite was electrically disconnected so that it was ready for storage. The equipment needed to actually put the satellite into the container was also brought into the cleanroom ready for the move.
Placing Sentinel-3 on dolly. (ESA)
The electrical checks at the launch pad were also completed and the upper stage was returned to the MIK. The upper stage fairing was opened and the Breeze removed and put back in the main hall for storage. This left free access to the satellite container. The ‘Launcher Pre-Shipment Review was also finalised and successfully closed.
Checks on Sentinel-3. (ESA)
Progress towards the end of our pre-Christmas tasks continued on Friday. The satellite was disconnected from the electrical ground support equipment, removed from its test stand, ...