Sentinel-3A mated with the launch vehicle adapter
Today at L-10 days before the launch another important step was achieved at Sentinel-3A launch campaign. Namely, today the Sentinel-3A spacecraft was mated with the launch vehicle adapter. The adapter is needed as an intermediate step in order to finally fix the spacecraft on the launch vehicle Upper Stage. To fix the spacecraft to the adapter the CASA 937mm clamp band is used.
If everything goes on according to the planning tomorrow the spacecraft+adapter stack will be installed on the Breeze Upper Stage (US). The US was fuelled and brought to the processing facilities (MIK) from the fuelling station tonight being processed now for the mating with the SC tomorrow.