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Sentinel-3B: under the table and getting ready to fuel

10 Apr 2018, 08:48 UTC
Sentinel-3B: under the table and getting ready to fuel
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After having Sunday off – a very much appreciated rest day – we went back to the MIK yesterday morning with our batteries recharged, ready to continue our adventure.
The weather is still making the roads difficult. One of yesterday’s tasks was to transport the ‘launch pad power supply’ to what we call the under-table room, which is a vault under the launch pad. This all went smoothly thanks to the support from the Khrunichev Space Research and Production Center (KSRC) who provided a massive truck equipped with a crane and a team to help with the loading and unloading.
Preparing to transport the launch pad power supply to the under table room. (ESA)
By lunchtime, the launch pad power supply was installed in the vault. Once its temperature has settled it’ll be tested.
There was a lot of to and fro in the MIK, between the General Hall and cleanroom 101B as anything that isn’t needed for fuelling Sentinel-3B had to be removed. Also the ground support equipment needed by KSRC to continue preparing the launch adapter and the rocket fairing had to be brought inside. This meant we had to coordinate really well so as not to get ...

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