Science Snap (#20): Sentinal-1A Dress Rehearsal

Originally posted on the EGU blog network

On the 3rd April 2014 the new satellite Sentinel-1 will be launched from French Guinea into space. It’s the satellite that has the InSAR community pretty excited as it will provide free Earth Observation data covering nearly all the world’s volcanoes.

Once the satellite is launched and is sat in its correct orbit, it has to “perform a complicated dance routine to unfold its large solar wings and radar antenna”. The European Space Agency (ESA) video below shows a fast motion test run of this unfolding in the cleanroom at Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France.

Copyright: ESA

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