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Scrub: MetOp-A launch - July 19
« on: 03/25/2006 07:38 AM »
First MetOp satellite ready to leave for Baikonur
March 21, 2006

http://www.space.eads.net/press-center/press-releases/First-metop-satellite-ready-to-leave-for-Baikonour

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RE: MetOp-A launch - June 30
« Reply #1 on: 04/06/2006 02:15 PM »
The ESA METOP Team has left for Baikonur Today, and will arrive on Friday

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RE: MetOp-A launch - June 30
« Reply #2 on: 04/06/2006 02:22 PM »
The launch will be delayed

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RE: MetOp-A launch - June 30
« Reply #3 on: 04/06/2006 06:54 PM »
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The launch will be delayed

Jester, if it is not a secret, why MetOp-A launch will be delayed?... According to your sources, when the launch will approximately be now?...

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RE: MetOp-A launch - June 30
« Reply #4 on: 04/07/2006 03:34 PM »
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Jester - 6/4/2006  6:22 PM

The launch will be delayed

Jester, if it is not a secret, why MetOp-A launch will be delayed?... According to your sources, when the launch will approximately be now?...

I'm sorry, I can't disclose anything yet (maybe Monday) i'll post a new launch date soon.

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RE: MetOp-A launch - June 30
« Reply #5 on: 04/10/2006 12:25 PM »
Astrium wants to do more testing, but haven't gotten a new date yet other then "early July"

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RE: MetOp-A launch - June 30
« Reply #6 on: 04/10/2006 12:31 PM »
New Launch date: 17th of  July at 22:28 Baikonur Time

METOP-A Will be shipped from Toulouse to Baikonur on the 17th of April using an Antonov 124

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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #7 on: 04/10/2006 01:00 PM »
Thanks Jester :)

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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #8 on: 04/13/2006 01:40 PM »
With a slight delay, the first of 3 antonov flights has arrived with the EGSE, MGSE, office and computer equipment onboard.
In total 12 seacontainers


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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #9 on: 04/18/2006 02:54 PM »
MetOp-A satellite was delivered by An-124 "Ruslan" aircraft to Baikonur cosmodrome today at 03:15 UTC... :)

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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #10 on: 04/18/2006 02:58 PM »
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MetOp-A satellite was delivered by An-124 "Ruslan" aircraft to Baikonur cosmodrome today at 03:15 UTC... :)

Yup, and in the mean time, the validation of the SVM EGSE SCOE in UCIF and the nominal rack TTC SCOE has been completed.

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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #11 on: 04/19/2006 12:36 PM »
ESA release:

The first MetOp meteorological satellite arrived yesterday at its launch site, the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, following shipment from the industrial prime contractor, EADS Astrium in Toulouse, on board an Antonov-124 transport plane.
 
MetOp-A is the first in a series of three EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) satellites developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) for EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.
After undergoing a mechanical and environmental test campaign, the spacecraft passed the acceptance review last year and the recent compatibility test between satellite and ground segment cleared the way for shipment of the satellite to Baikonur.
 
This shipment comprises a service module, a payload module and the solar array, including the electrical and mechanical ground support equipment needed for the launch campaign. The mission includes a total of 12 instruments developed in cooperation with French Space Agency, CNES, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

MetOp is scheduled for launch on 17 July 2006 at 22.28 Baikonur time (18.28 CEST) with the latest Soyuz ST Fregat launcher operated by Starsem.
 
MetOp is the first polar orbiting satellite dedicated to operational meteorology. The MetOp satellite services have been designed to provide global weather data until 2020. MetOp, which will fly at a height of about 837 km, promises, with its 12 sophisticated instruments, to provide data of unprecedented accuracy, thus improving global weather forecasting and providing enhanced climate monitoring capabilities.

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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #12 on: 04/21/2006 08:17 AM »
http://www.metoplc.esa.int

The PLM container, after careful cleaning and one night in the airlock to the UCIF, was moved into the clean room. The container lid was lifted, placed aside the container, and the MetOp Payload Module fixed onto four slings. After unbolting from the container’s interface flange and support trusses, the PLM by means of a heavy crane was moved over to the Multipurpose Trolley, already prepared the day before. There it was fixed to the interface flange in horizontal position. The PLM container then could be reassembled and moved out into the storage area of the big hall to give room for the Service Module in its container, to be parked over night in the airlock.

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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #13 on: 04/21/2006 11:39 AM »
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The Service Module container was moved from the airlock, where it had been left over night, into the UCIF. The container lid was opened, the SVM lifted out and put on its stand. Main activities were preparations for the coupling of SVM and PLM on Saturday, and a switch-on of the SVM as required for the loading of the batteries.

Work for the EGSE progressed as planned.

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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #14 on: 04/25/2006 09:42 AM »
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PLM and SVM are connected

The coupling of the Payload Module and the Service Module is done. First the PLM is connected to its lifting device with slings. Its position on the Multipurpose Trolley is vertical, and at this stage is still rigidly bolted to the interface flange. With special devices the crane can be fine tuned such that the bolts have no load.
Then the bolts are removed, and the PLM can transported on the crane to the SVM, where it is fixed again. This procedure takes long, because working with tools between PLM and SVM is difficult, and also to allow mechanical settling.

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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #15 on: 04/26/2006 07:55 AM »
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As planned, the interface bolts between SVM and PLM were retorqued after one day of settling. On the SVM the reaction wheels (which will help to keep the satellite’s attitude in space) and the motor of the Solar Array (which will keep the panels oriented towards the sun) were unlocked. The S-Band antennas (for the satellite’s housekeeping data) were installed.
 
Installation of the Network Data Interface Units for the ESOC and Eumetsat ground control centers in Darmstadt are ongoing. Coupling of the Electronic Ground Support Equipment for PLM and SVM and set-up of a second EGSE
in progress.


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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #16 on: 04/27/2006 08:38 AM »
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The electrical coupling of the PLM and the SVM has been continued. For this purpose quite a number of various combinations have to be tested, where also the redundant branch of essential subsystems has to be switched on. Yesterday the Payload Module Computer had to be loaded “manually”, this could be clarified today as a result of a relay failure in the ground electronics. This will be replaced.
 
Further the GOME sensor was refilled with protective gas. electrical integration of the AMSU instrument has been started. The redundant Check-Out Equipment for the PLM has been set up now.

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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #17 on: 05/01/2006 12:37 PM »
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The health tests for the spacecraft were successfully completed for side A.
Both ESOC and EUMETSAT could successfully listen in the test (remotely via the Network Data Unit NDIU) including telecommand validation.
 
Tomorrow the same test for side B is planned.


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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #18 on: 05/02/2006 04:28 PM »
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The complementary Spacecraft Health Test on side B was performed today. The photo shows the set up of the various control screens in the PPF (Payload Processing Facility), which is in fact is a clean room for satellite hardware, but due to the sheer amount of EGSE hardware now is used in total for EGSE purposes. Various instrument activities ongoing.


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RE: MetOp-A launch - July 17
« Reply #19 on: 05/02/2006 04:29 PM »
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A lot of mechanical preparations on the Service Module and the Payload Module have to be done today. The reaction wheels in the SVM are locked, pyro (little explosive actuators, often used in spacecraft) connections are made, shieldings for electromagnetic radiation are installed, and finally the panels are closed.
The PLM activities concern removal of test harnesses, installation of covers for electromagnetic radiation and MLI installation.


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