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Sentinel-3B: time to clean, it’s tradition!

6 Apr 2018, 13:37 UTC
Sentinel-3B: time to clean, it’s tradition!
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According to Russian tradition, yesterday was Clean Thursday – a time to purify in preparation to the upcoming orthodox Easter celebration. So, we tried to comply as best we could and cleaned a lot.
First we cleaned the electrical ground support equipment, which also allowed us to correct a couple of things that had been bugging us.
On a roll. (ESA)
We were also got the ok to help with the ‘cleanliness inspection’ of the upper composite before it enters cleanroom 101B. Although it was protected by plastic foil, the upper composite came back to the MIK quite dirty after its visit to the launch pad to be testing. Now nice and shiny it has been transferred into 101B – so all good.
Finally, we also ‘cleaned-up’ on the test results from the sea and land surface temperature instrument, the x-band communication, and the data handling, power and AOCS subsystems – and again all good and no need for further testing there. The propulsion test results were also perfectly fine for the bit already done. The rest will be completed by Saturday when the last test on the thrusters is carried out.
Except for this remaining test, we can confirm ...

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