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Sentinel-3B fully tanked

13 April 2018

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Getting a satellite ready to be launched involves a long list of jobs, but with the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite now fuelled, this particular 'to do' list is significantly shorter. And, importantly, all is on track for lift-off on 25 April.

Since hydrazine is extremely toxic, only specialists dressed in bulky astronaut-like suits remained in the cleanroom for the duration of the activity. A doctor, fire personnel and security staff waited nearby with an ambulance and fire engine ready to respond to any problems.

ESA's Sentinel-3 project manager, Bruno Berruti, said, "This is a big job ticked off our list, and thanks to the expertise of the Thales Alenia Space propulsion team, it was executed perfectly."

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Copernicus Sentinel maps Florence hurricane flood

15 September 2018

Making landfall in the US state of North Carolina on 14 September, Hurricane Florence is causing widespread damage and flooding.

Sentinel-1 maps Florence hurricane flood

With lives and property at risk, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was standing by ready to map the floods to help relief efforts.