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 liftoff 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.
Image credit: Thales Alenia Space - Fuelling Sentinel-3B