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Planck encapsulation with the SYLDA 5

Planck encapsulation with the SYLDA 5

Date: 27 April 2009
Satellite: Planck
Depicts: The SYLDA 5 support structure over the Planck spacecraft
Location: Final assembly building (BAF), CSG, Kourou, French Guiana
Copyright: ESA

The SYLDA 5 support structure is slowly lowered in place over the Planck spacecraft, which was integrated with the Ariane 5 ECA launcher four days earlier on Thursday 23 April. This view up along the Planck spacecraft gives a look inside the SYLDA 5, with its tapered base, high cylindrical shell and an upper truncated conical shell. Also visible is the underside of the access platform at the top of the Planck spacecraft.

SYLDA 5 stands for Système de Lancement Double Ariane 5, and is a load bearing carbon structure that will be used to carry the Herschel spacecraft on top of the Planck spacecraft during their joint launch.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
27-May-2024 13:41 UT

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