Intespace keeps watch on Sentinel 5P

Sentinel 5P is part of Copernicus Europe’s vast Earth observation programme, coordinated by ESA. It is the fifth satellite in the family and will be measuring traces of gases and atmospheric pollutants with unparalleled resolution: Sentinel, carrying the Tropomi instrument developed by the Dutch Space subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, will be launched in 2015 for a 7-year mission.


This year however, it is docked at Intespace for environmental testing. Airbus DS UK chose Intespace for this campaign, which will involve several test facilities: the SIMLES chamber for the thermal vacuum tests, the MVS vibration facility for the Sinus tests, the large acoustic chamber for the acoustic test and the launcher separation shock test and the Coulomb anechoic chamber for RF compatibility with the launcher and for satellite self-compatibility. All these tests will be carried out ahead of the physical measurements required before the satellite leaves the Toulouse site.

More than ever, Intespace is the space testing expert

Sentinel 5P swells the ranks of the Airbus DS AS1000 satellites tested by Intespace: Pleiades, SPOT 6 and 7 and KazEOSat-1, successfully launched in late April from Kourou for Kazakhstan’s KGS consortium. The renewed confidence on the part of these high-level industrial players confirms us in our constant search for operational excellence.

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