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The CHEOPS satellite in the Maxwell test facility

Date: 14 September 2018
Satellite: CHEOPS
Location: European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, the Netherlands
Copyright: ESA–G. Porter

The CHEOPS satellite during preparations for ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing in the Maxwell test facility at ESA's technical centre in the Netherlands.

The 12-meter-high anechoic chamber of the Maxwell test facility is particularly large. It was designed to accommodate the 10-metre-high Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) used for carrying cargo to the International Space Station. The black wall behind CHEOPS is covered with high-power dissipation absorbers that are able to absorb satellite transmissions without overheating, so that auto compatibility tests, of whether a satellite's own emissions interfere with its other subsystems, can be performed in the absence of reflections.

Last Update: 24 October 2018

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