Sentinel-3B fully tanked
13 April 2018
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."
Top story on Copernicus
13 July 2018
The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission has revealed that, on average, Greenland's glaciers are now flowing more slowly into the Arctic Ocean.
While glacial flow may have slowed overall, in summer glaciers flow 25% faster than they do in the winter.
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