With Sentinel-3B sitting and waiting patiently for liftoff and the launch dress rehearsal done, most of us had a day off yesterday – and now we are all rested and ready for tonight’s launch!
Ready for liftoff. (ESA)
Monday’s dress rehearsal involved teams here in Plesetsk, the satellite operations team at ESA’s European Operations Centre in Germany, and the ground station network. We practiced the countdown and simulated liftoff, checking all the procedures, network and voice links between us. We also rehearsed contingency procedures, which included switching off the satellite safely in the unlikely event of the launch being aborted.
Dress rehearsal. (ESA)
ESOC ready. (ESA)
The day resulted in everything being GREEN for launch.
So with everything in place for liftoff on 25 April at 17:57 GMT (19:57 CEST), we had some free time on Tuesday – which was a beautiful sunny day.
Some of use went to the Cosmodrome Museum. We took a couple of gifts: a model of Sentinel-3 and a framed photo of the launch campaign team in front of the rocket upper composite in the MIK. The gifts were appreciated and found their place in the display. We are officially part of the cosmodrome history!