Commissioning will take place during the transfer phase of the mission, when the spacecraft is flying towards its destination: the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system (L2). This early commissioning phase deals with the Service Module and with all Payload Module functions that can be checked-out during the transfer phase.
For this purpose, during the transfer phase the nominal attitude with respect to the Sun is the same as the operational one. The final commissioning of the Payload Module occurs after orbit insertion around L2, consisting of final calibration of the instrument and demonstration of instrument performance.
Ground stations contacts with a daily duration of eight hours are achieved using the Cebreros 35m X-band antenna. Also the ground station in Perth (Australia)
In addition to the classical corrected one-way path technique, it is proposed that on-board-to-UTC time correlation be performed by a specific two way process. This technique allows to cancel symmetrical delays of ionospheric or tropospheric origin, or delays of relativistic origin. This correlation performance is furthermore independent of the orbit.