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Close-up of Herschel mass measurement device

Close-up of Herschel mass measurement device


Date: 07 April 2009
Satellite: Herschel
Depicts: Close-up of the mass measurement device
Location: S1B building, CSG, Kourou, French Guiana
Copyright: ESA

The Herschel spacecraft is weighed while still in the S1 building at CGS, Kourou. The measurement will provide a baseline from which the total spacecraft mass at launch will be calculated after the hydrazine fuelling has been completed.

In this close-up of the mass measurement device the reading can be seen: the device measures 5528 kg the combined weight of the spacecraft plus the vertical lifting device and a number of non-flight items that are still installed. At launch the mass of the spacecraft will be about 3400 kg.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
30-Nov-2021 15:21 UT

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