Mission Teams Prepare for Critical Days


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“This ‘team of teams’ has conducted 25 training sessions since August 2015, using sophisticated simulator software to practice flying the spacecraft through both nominal and contingency situations,” says Pier Paolo Emanuelli, the ESA Flight Director overseeing the launch of all Sentinel satellites.

“The operations and payload teams have worked hard for many months together with colleagues from Eumetsat, the Copernicus project and European industry to ensure everything is ready for Sentinel-3A launch.”

Eumetsat will take over responsibility for Sentinel-3A at the start of the operational phase, once it has been fully checked out and its payload commissioned, expected in July.

“On launch day, when we catch the first signals from space, that’s when teamwork, experience and expertise will combine to ensure the success of this crucial mission,” says Paolo Ferri, Head of Mission Operations at ESA.

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