October 6, 2014

Launch Campaign

Teams arrival at Moscow Sheremetyevo on 15/09/09
Teams arrival at Moscow Sheremetyevo on 15/09/09
15/09/09 One night in Moscow before the departure to (Plesetsk)
15/09/09 One night in Moscow before the departure to Mirny (Plesetsk)
17/09/09 CNES office at MIK, room 211. Beautiful view on the forest
17/09/09 CNES office at MIK, room 211. Beautiful view on the forest
17/09/09 In the meantime the satellite arrives: transfer Plesetsk – MIK
17/09/09 In the meantime the satellite arrives: transfer Plesetsk – MIK
18/09/09 Satellite container unloading in MIK
18/09/09 Satellite container unloading in MIK
18/09/09 Unloading of the other containers in MIK 'general hall'.
18/09/09 Unloading of the other containers in MIK 'general hall'.
20/09/09 Barbecue on Sunday, with russian Space Forces, Khrunichev, TAS, ESA and CNES before Rockot hotel.
20/09/09 Barbecue on Sunday, with russian Space Forces, Khrunichev, TAS, ESA and CNES before Rockot hotel.
20/09/09 Grill meats by a low 8°C... Sunday was the coldest day.
20/09/09 Grill meats by a low 8°C... Sunday was the coldest day.
19/09/09 Transfer of the satellite container from 'general hall' to clean room 101B
19/09/09 Transfer of the satellite container from 'general hall' to clean room 101B
21/09/09 Satellite container opening in 101B.
21/09/09 Satellite container opening in 101B.
21/09/09 The white room 101A before the satellite transferon the dolly A1
21/09/09 The white room 101A before the satellite transferon the dolly A1
21/09/09 Transfer on the yilting dolly in 101A
21/09/09 Transfer on the yilting dolly in 101A
21/09/09 The satellite on the tilting dolly
21/09/09 The satellite on the tilting dolly
on 23/09/09
21/09/09 the team before the launch tower
23/09/09 the team before the launch tower
111A control room
111A control room
On 26/09/09, the week-end outing
Departure from the Hotel by bus
Departure from the Hotel by bus
Departure from the Hotel by bus
Departure from the Hotel by bus
On a road not very travelled but rutted...
On a road not very travelled but rutted...
...especially when away from the major roads!
...especially when away from the major roads!
...especially when away from the major roads!
...especially when away from the major roads!
The floating bridge (not visible on this photo) having been damaged by tree trunks, we used an emergency ferry.
The floating bridge (not visible on this photo) having been damaged by tree trunks, we used an emergency ferry.
Arrival at Vershinino village after 5h on the road
Arrival at Vershinino village after 5h on the road
Visit of the chapel (renovated and restored after the fall of the communism)
Visit of the chapel (renovated and restored after the fall of the communism)
Visit of the chapel (renovated and restored after the fall of the communism)
Visit of the chapel (renovated and restored after the fall of the communism)
Departure on a boat for a crossing of the lake
Departure on a boat for a crossing of the lake
Many forests...
Many forests...
One of the last villages (they were 125 around the lake, only 5 now)
One of the last villages (they were 125 around the lake, only 5 now)
One of the last villages (they were 125 around the lake, only 5 now)
One of the last villages (they were 125 around the lake, only 5 now)
One of the last villages (they were 125 around the lake, only 5 now)
One of the last villages (they were 125 around the lake, only 5 now)
Return to Vershinino village for a traditional meal before going back to Mirny
Return to Vershinino village for a traditional meal before going back to Mirny
On 28/09/09, back to work
From 111A control room
From 111A control room
Following the crossings (to seal before filing the tanks!)
Following the crossings (to seal before filing the tanks!)
To the satellite in the white room 101A
To the satellite in the white room 101A
On 29/09/09
The CNES newcomers and an 'older'
The CNES newcomers and an "older"
Desarchiving and analyses in control room 111A
Desarchiving and analyses in control room 111A
On 30/09/09
Lunch break (new room lent by Space Forces)
Lunch break (new room lent by Space Forces)
The launch tower with the banners
The launch tower with the banners
On 01/10/09
 RF, AUX3 and AUX4 racks...
The stars of the last three days, in order: RF, AUX3 and AUX4 racks...
Dressing in filling scape
Dressing in filling scape
First snowflakes
First snowflakes
On 02/10/09 and 03/10/09
It's snowing hard (but not for long)
It's snowing hard (but not for long)
Unloading of the hydrazine tanks in the 'general hall'
Unloading of the hydrazine tanks in the "general hall"
Rockot booster now on the launch pad in the tower behing CNES team (reduced)
Rockot booster now on the launch pad in the tower behing CNES team (reduced)
Breeze and fairing coupling on the booster
Breeze and fairing coupling on the booster
On 05/10/09
The new complete CNES team
The new complete CNES team
On 07/10/09
Cart decontamination preparation
Cart decontamination preparation
On 08/10/09
The cart decontamination continues
The cart decontamination continues
MLI finalization
MLI finalization
On 09-10/10/09
PROBA satellite transfer
PROBA satellite transfer
MLI finalization
MLI finalization
SMOS sateliite transfer on the adaptator
SMOS sateliite transfer on the adaptator
Satellite coupling on RIA
Satellite coupling on RIA
On 12/10/09
Dolly A1 transfer in the 'general hall'
Dolly A1 transfer in the "general hall"
Long cables connection
Long cables connection
On 13/10/09
P201 umbilical plug connected
P201 umbilical plug connected
P201 umbilical plug connected
P201 umbilical plug connected
On 14/10/09
Charlie's angels
Charlie's angels
On 17/10/09
Gas mask formation by Russian Space Forces
Gas mask formation by Russian Space Forces
SMOS on the rail car, ready for the transfer on Breeze (behind the large door)
SMOS on the rail car, ready for the transfer on Breeze (behind the large door)
Handling team
Handling team
On 18/10/09
Setting up the flag
Setting up the flag
Cosmodrome team
Cosmodrome team
PROBA, SMOS team
PROBA, SMOS team
The third 'half-time', supporters included...
The third "half-time", supporters included...
The third 'half-time', supporters included...
The third "half-time", supporters included...
One part of the show organized by the Space Forces
One part of the show organized by the Space Forces
On 19/10/09
SMOS on the rail car in 101A...
SMOS on the rail car in 101A...
SMOS in 101B toward Breeze...
SMOS in 101B toward Breeze...
SMOS on Breeze.
SMOS on Breeze.
On 20/10/09
Set up of the first half of the fairing
Set up of the first half of the fairing
Set up of the second half of the fairing
Set up of the second half of the fairing
Last view before encapsulation
Last view before encapsulation
On 22/10/09
MCDT intallation
MCDT intallation
Validation of MCC telecommunication links
Validation of MCC telecommunication links
On 24/10/09
Plesetsk
Plesetsk
Plesetsk
Plesetsk
On 26/10/09
Launch campaign team before the composite
Launch campaign team before the composite
On 27/10/09
Arrival of the composite and climatisation wagons on the launch pad
Arrival of the composite and climatisation wagons on the launch pad
Arrival of the composite and climatisation wagons on the launch pad
Arrival of the composite and climatisation wagons on the launch pad
Composite lift-off
Composite lift-off
Composite mechanically integrated to the launcher
Composite mechanically integrated to the launcher
On 28/10/09
RG3 at MCC
RG3 at MCC
RG3 at MIK in 11A
RG3 at MIK in 11A
On 30/10/09
It's Winter...
It's Winter...
It's Winter...
It's Winter...
Ready to launch
Ready to launch