Last night remarkable a finish of Sentinel-2A’s initial 3 days in space, that saw teams on a belligerent operative around a time to safeguard a booster is prepared for a ‘colour vision’ mission.
Delivery into circuit remarkable a start of a vicious Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP), that has seen belligerent teams during ESOC, ESA’s space operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany, operative to activate essential onboard systems and safeguard a spacecraft’s health in a impassioned sourroundings of space.
The goal control group dealt with several standard problems seen in any launch, including issues with a gummy valve, a star tracker and a GPS unit. These have been resolved and a satellite is now in glorious health.
“We conducted a initial orbital stratagem regulating a Sentinel-2A thrusters yesterday, and this went accurately as planned,” pronounced Spacecraft Operations Manager Franco Marchese.
“Overall, this LEOP has left really uniformly and we are good en track to achieving a anxiety circuit within subsequent week.”
Flight Director Pier Paolo Emanuelli reported yesterday that a Sentinel-2A LEOP proviso had rigourously ended, with a booster and belligerent systems all handling as expected.
“I wish to appreciate all a teams concerned in Sentinel-2A – including those from industry, a plan during ESTEC, ESA’s technical centre, and here during ESOC – for a pursuit good done,” pronounced Emanuelli.
“The satellite is in good figure and a commissioning proviso – when we safeguard a booster and a multispectral imager cargo are prepared for slight operations – has now started.”
ESA’s Omar Sy, obliged for a approximately three-month commissioning campaign, explained that a dual categorical objectives now will be to consider how good a booster performs and to control calibration and validation activities for a cutting-edge multispectral imager (MSI) payload.
The booster will also be readied to start a slight merger of high-resolution images of Earth’s land surfaces, vast islands, internal and coastal waters on a ten-day revisit cycle, that will dump to 5 days when a matching Sentinel-2B satellite is launched in 2016.
“The subsequent 3 months will see a lot of tough work by teams during ESOC, ESTEC, ESRIN and CNES ancillary picture peculiarity activities, as good as during DLR and Tesat, as we also elect a new visual information communication capability,” pronounced Omar Sy.
“We’re opening a doorway to a new epoch in space – we’re assured Sentinel-2’s high-resolution capability will settle new leadership, quite for foliage imaging.”
“Following a ideal launch by Vega, a Sentinel-2A LEOP was quickly finished by a moody control and plan support teams operative during ESOC,” stressed Francois Spoto, ESA’s Sentinel-2 Project Manager.
He remarkable that a booster itself works really good and a 13-channel MSI instrument is removing prepared for a initial picture attempt.
“I trust that we have an glorious booster pattern to control a long-life game-changing Copernicus goal for Europe.”
Adapted from: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-2/Sentinel-2A_completes_critical_first_days_in_space
Source: ESA Rocket Science blog