Minimize Operations ramp-up phase

The operations ramp-up phase refers to the period starting at the completion of the first spacecraft launch and commissioning, and continues until the Full Operational Capacity (FOC) is reached with the constellation. Major milestones are listed below:

16 February 2016 Successful Launch of S3A from Plesetsk, Russia.
18 February 2016 LEOP phase concluded successfully
  • ✔ Perfect orbit injection from the launcher
  • ✔ Rapid and smooth Solar Array deployment
  • ✔ Only one minor anomaly encountered (Star Tracker depointing due to incorrect quaternion data), rapidly identified and corrected
26 February 2016 Platform In-Orbit Verification completed
04 March 2016 Payload In-Orbit Verification completed
  • ✔ All instrument ON and operating (except SLSTR in decontamination mode, as planned)
  • ✔ Level-0 products being generated
07 March 2016 Cal/Val Phase of S3A commences
April/May 2016 Mid-Term-Reviews for OLCI, SLSTR and SRAL
mid- May 2016 Release of Level 1 and Level 2 sample data products to expert users for all instruments
28-30 June 2016 Expert users meeting – first feedback from S3 validation teams
11/12 July 2016 In-Orbit Commissioning Review (IOCR)– successful completion of commissioning phase, start of ramp-up phase (initial operational)
13 July 2016 ESA internal handover from development to operations team; Handover of flight operations from ESA to EUMETSAT
10 October 2016 Handover of Marine PDGS from ESA to EUMETSAT
20 October 2016 Release of OLCI Level 1 core data to all users
w/c 14 November 2016 (TBC) Release of SLSTR Level 1 core data to all users
Early December 2016 (TBC) Release of SRAL L1A, L1B and L2 NRT and STC core data to all users
January 2017 Release of SRAL L1B core data to all users
Early 2017 Release of OLCI Level 2 and SLSTR Level 2
IOCR + 9 months RORR: Routine Operation Readiness Review. End of S3A ramp-up phase.
Q3 2017 Release of Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) and Fire Radiative Power (FRP) products
End 2017 Launch of Sentinel-3B