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LISA Pathfinder with Vega launch vehicle adapter

LISA Pathfinder with Vega launch vehicle adapter

Date: 12 June 2015
Satellite: LISA Pathfinder
Copyright: ESA – U. Ragnit

LISA Pathfinder launch composite on the Vega launch vehicle adapter, at IABG, Ottobrunn, Germany.

The launch composite with the octagonal-shaped science module and the silver-coloured propulsion module, is the configuration in which the spacecraft will be launched.

The red conical structure at the base of the propulsion module is the main engine nozzle, a 400 Newton class liquid apogee engine (LAE) providing the impulses for the major delta-V manoeuvres.

The launch vehicle adapter – the black conical structure under the launch composite – is the fixture by which the spacecraft is mounted on the launcher.

LISA Pathfinder will launch on a Vega rocket, from Kourou, in late 2015.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
29-Feb-2024 06:26 UT

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