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The final test campaigns for the Gaia Flight Model spacecraft have been completed, paving the way for shipment to the launch site.
Published: 25 June 2013
The Gaia Spacecraft Flight Model has successfully completed its mass properties test campaign.
Published: 17 June 2013
The Gaia Spacecraft Flight Model has successfully completed the electromagnetic compatibility test campaigns at the facilities of Intespace in Toulouse, France.
Published: 31 May 2013
The Gaia Flight Model Payload Data Handling Unit has been delivered and integrated into the Gaia Service Module. Its arrival allowed extensive end-to-end testing of the spacecraft systems to be performed.
Published: 23 May 2013
Thermal testing of the Gaia flight model payload module was completed at Centre Spatial de Liège. The payload module was then returned to Astrium Toulouse for integration with the service module.
Published: 20 February 2013
Testing of the separation of the Gaia Service Module from its Launch Vehicle Adapter has been completed, as have the acceptance vibration tests on the Payload Module.
Published: 29 October 2012
Integration of the Flight Model of the Gaia Payload Module has been completed. It has undergone acceptance vibration testing; thermal balance and thermal vacuum testing will be carried out towards the end of this year.
Published: 17 September 2012
The Protoflight Model of the Gaia Service Module has successfully completed thermal balance and thermal vacuum testing in the SIMLES chamber at Intespace Toulouse.
Published: 10 September 2012
The phased array antenna that Gaia will use to send its science data to Earth has been delivered and integrated onto the Service Module.
Published: 6 July 2012
The protoflight models of Gaia's two Basic Angle Monitor (BAM) Opto-Mechanical Assembly (OMA) bars have been delivered to the spacecraft Prime Contractor and are being prepared for integration into the Gaia Payload Module.
Published: 11 April 2012
Deployment testing of the Gaia Flight Model Deployable Sunshield Assembly has been successfully completed in preparation for the spacecraft mechanical test campaign.
Published: 2 December 2011
Published: 23 August 2011
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