Preparations are well on track for the upcoming launch of SEOSAT-Ingenio – scheduled to launch from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana next month.
On 12th October, the team celebrated the Spanish Fiestas del Pilar in honour of the patron saint of the city, the Virgen del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar). The whole spacecraft launch campaign team in Kourou posed for a family photo with a ‘Medida de La Virgen’ to wish protection and good luck to SEOSAT-Ingenio, which is waiting on the background of the EGSE room.
Then, on 15th October, the satellite was loaded with around 80 kg of hydrazine fuel and was pressurised with helium gas to avoid the sloshing of the liquid during launch and flight. The satellite was then switched on – confirming the successful completion of its fuelling.
ESA’s Gianfranco Spinella commented, “The execution of the fuelling and pressurisation operations were concluded with a successful switch-on of the spacecraft, which is yet another major milestone for this project. The amount of loaded propellant will cover SEOSAT-Ingenio for its 10 years of operations, three years more than its nominal mission lifetime.
“These operations have completed the SEOSAT-Ingenio autonomous preparation phase. We are ...