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Preparing for Liftoff

Sentinel-3B poised

23 Apr 2018, 13:34 UTC
Sentinel-3B poised
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With the satellite being rolled out to the launch pad and positioned in the launch tower, it’s been a very exciting weekend.
Last Friday, with the Rockot upper composite all finished, it was moved from the 101B cleanroom to the General Hall ready for rollout on Saturday.
Leaving the MIK. (ESA)
The Khrunichev teams continued their preparation activities such as electrical checks. Just before we left the site that evening we saw that the upper composite had been covered to keep it warm for its journey to the launch pad and that it was ready to be loaded on the train.
Some of our team members went out to the launch pad to make sure everything is okay in the ‘under-table room’. Cameras were also installed so that we can keep a check on the room remotely.
And, since some of the cleanroom equipment is now no longer needed, we’ve started packing up a bit.
We were also kept busy preparing for the launch countdown procedure which involves ESA, Thales Alenia Space, KSRC, the military and Eurockot. We all now know what everyone’s role is on the big day. The full countdown dress rehearsal takes place on Monday.
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