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Hydrazine fuelling preparations

Hydrazine fuelling preparations


Date: 15 April 2009
Satellite: Planck
Depicts: The spacecraft ready for fuelling
Location: Filling hall of S5A building, CSG, Kourou, French Guiana
Copyright: ESA-CNES-Arianespace / Optique Vidéo du CSG - P. Baudon

Two specially trained operators in "scape suits" set up the necessary equipment for the Planck spacecraft fuelling operations in the filling hall of the S5A building at the Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG).

The fuelling was performed on 15 and 16 April 2009, filling the spacecraft's fuel tanks with 384 kg of hydrazine propellant.

Visible in the background, behind the Planck spacecraft and one of the operators, are the four hydrazine tanks which are connected to an overhead load scale that continuously measures the weight of the tanks for monitoring purposes during the fuelling.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
20-Jan-2022 02:48 UT

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