After a weekend of some well-deserved R&R, the team had a busy day yesterday moving Sentinel-5P to a different cleanroom and mating it with the rocket’s upper stage.
Preparing to move Sentinel-5P (Credits: ESA)
To do this, the satellite was hoisted into the air and then lowered onto the upper stage.
Hoisted into the air (Credits: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2017)
The lifting brackets were then removed.
Mating Sentinel-5P with the rocket’s upper stage (Credits: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2017)
Today we’re doing final electrical checks and taking our last looks at the satellite before encapsulating it in the rocket fairing.
Last look at Sentinel-5P (Credits: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2017)
Over the weekend, we visited the city of Kargopol to experience the local architecture and try our hand at some of the local arts and crafts. We also stopped at Kenozersky National Park and took a row boat out on the lake to see a restored water mill.
Sunday selfie (Credits: ESA)