19/07/2018 10:47 am
When preparing a satellite for launch, the engineers use big red tags to mark components that must be removed before the satellite is encapsulated in the rocket fairing and launched. The idea is to remove these components as late as possible in the launch campaign, and the red tags serve as an important reminder do so. These items are usually covers that protect things like optics, connectors and so on. Very careful attention is paid to removing these items because if one is forgotten, the satellite will not work properly and there’s a good chance that the mission will be lost. The Aeolus launch campaign team in Kourou, French Guiana, has been making sure that the satellite's red tags are removed.
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