Sentinel-3B - First space flight hardware completes testing in R100
19 Jul 2016



The first set of space flight hardware to have completed testing and calibration in RAL Space’s new assembly, integration and verification facilities in R100 has been completed and successfully delivered in June.

Engineer inspecting black-body unit

​Black-body electronics unit being inspected
Credit: STFC

The hardware delivered to Finmeccanica in Florence, Italy, are two Black Body Sub-systems for the Sea and Land Surface Radiometer (SLSTR) instrument; one of these will provide Black Body calibration for SLSTR on board the next Sentinel-3 mission, Sentinel-3B. The first successful launch of the Copernicus programme, Sentinel-3A was on 16 February 2016 and SLSTR has been carrying out thermal land and sea measurements since April 2016.​

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