Today, Sentinel-5P was loaded on the Antonov aircraft that will take this latest Copernicus satellite to Russia to be prepared for liftoff in October.
Inside the cavernous Antonov. (ESA)
Antonov aircraft. (ESA)
Sealed in its special protective container, the satellite was taken by lorry from Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, UK, to Stansted airport where it was carefully loaded on to this huge cargo aircraft.
Sentinel-5P being loaded onto the Antonov. (ESA)
The photos here show just how huge this plane is. ESA’s Sentinel-5P project manager, Kevin McMullen, bid farewell to his precious baby – though he will see it again when he re-joins it at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in a couple of weeks.
ESA’s Sentinel-5P project manager, Kevin McMullen bidding his precious satellite farewell. (ESA)
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