Giotto Spacecraft in Preparation
Date: 01 April 1985
This is slide 10 of 20 from the first Giotto slide set and slide 9 of 12 from the second slide set. The following caption is the one originally provided with the slide set.
Giotto spacecraft completely enclosed by the solar cell array and the black MLI (multilayer insulation) blankets around the experiment platform. The rectangular plate between the starmapper and the camera consists of OSRs (many small optical solar reflectors, each 2 x 4 cm), the square plate to the right of the camera is a thermal shutter (Kapton foil with gold coating). The spacecraft is being prepared for the solar simulation test in the main vacuum chamber of the Intespace facility in Toulouse. It is connected to the test adaptor (bottom) by 12 bars, which thermally isolate the spacecraft from the adaptor. A cable loom (right hand side) connects the spacecraft checkout panel with the control room during the test.
Last Update: 1 September 2019