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LISA Pathfinder being transferred to the Vega launcher's Payload Adaptor

LISA Pathfinder being transferred to the Vega launcher's Payload Adaptor


Date: 12 November 2015
Satellite: LISA Pathfinder
Location: Centre Spatial Guyanais, Kourou, French Guiana
Copyright: ESA-CNES-Arianespace / Optique Vidéo du CSG - G. Barbaste

The LISA Pathfinder launch composite being lowered onto the Vega launcher's payload adaptor (PLA). The PLA – the black conical structure – is the fixture by which the spacecraft is mounted on the launcher.

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

Last Update: 1 September 2019
7-Jul-2022 03:37 UT

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