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Journal archive

During this period, after the fairing encapsulation of the second Cluster pair, the Upper Composite was fully integrated with the Soyuz launcher and placed on the transfer train in preparation of the roll out to the launch pad.
Published: 6 August 2000
Following successful electrical verification of the Fregat link, the second Cluster pair stack has been mated with the Fregat stage inside the Upper Composite Integration Facility.
Published: 31 July 2000
After final thermal and mechanical and electrical activities on the second Cluster pair, both spacecraft have been stacked together in the Upper Composite Integration Facility and the stack is mated with the Adaptateur Charge Utile (ACU).
Published: 26 July 2000
List of nominal times for the events during the launch up to the separation of the launcher's third stage.
Published: 15 July 2000
In the reporting period, the Upper Composite has been mated with the Soyuz launcher's third stage. This was followed by the mating of the combined third stage and Upper Composite with the launcher's first and second stage. The fully integrated launcher was rolled out to the launch pad and successfully installed in upright position.
Published: 13 July 2000
Following a successful Flight Readiness Review (FFR) on 23 June, all proceeded with the launch preparations for the first pair of Cluster spacecraft. During the reporting period, the FM 6 and FM 7 spacecraft were stacked together and mated with the ACU adapter. The stack was then transferred to the Upper Composite Integration Facility clean room, where it was mated with the Fregat stage, followed by the fairing encapsulation.
Published: 6 July 2000
The now fully fuelled spacecraft FM 6 and FM 7 were transferred to the Upper Composite Integration Facility for thermal and mechanical activities, most of which were also completed in this period. After installing the gas boosters on FM 5 and transfer to the HPF, both FM 8 and FM 5 were also fully fuelled, completing the spacecraft fuelling operations.
Published: 23 June 2000
The first part of the reporting period saw mechanical and thermal work on FM 6, FM 7 and FM 5, inside the PPF while the RCS (Reaction Control System) system of FM8 was verified inside the HPF. On 2 June the last SVT test, for FM 5, was completed. In the last days of the reporting period the filling with NTO (N2O4 = nitrogen tetroxide, the oxidiser for the combustion of the spacecraft propellant) of the first Cluster pair, FM 6 and FM 7, took place.
Published: 9 June 2000
All four spacecraft are being prepared in parallel in the 3 brand new clean rooms, built by Starsem a few months ago. The reporting period saw the completion of electrical tests for FM 7 and FM 8. FM 6 completed its Reaction Control System (RCS) verification in the HPF area. In the UCIF thruster installation was completed successfully for FM 5. The end-to-end test of 3 spacecraft (SVT tests) were completed for FM 6, 7 and 8. The SVT test for FM 5 will follow later.
Published: 21 May 2000
Over the coming weeks, members of the ESA Cluster II project team will be sending regular entries for the launch campaign diary from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. These first entries are based on the logs provided by the Launch Campaign Administrator, Looc Bourillet.
Published: 5 May 2000
There is feverish excitement in the air on 19 January as some thirty scientists and engineers gather in one of the two Payload Monitoring rooms at the mission's Science Operations Centre at Villafranca. Everybody knows that a new milestone is being reached.
Published: 9 February 2000
When so much effort has been devoted to XMM-Newton, designed to be operational for over ten years, and when the hopes and expectations of its astronomer users are so great, one can readily imagine that everything has been done to ensure reliability of the spacecraft and the success of the mission.
Published: 12 December 1999
This is the final entry in the XMM Launch Campaign journal series, which ran from November 1999 until shortly after the launch in December 1999. The journal covered the main activities during this period: from shortly after the shipment of the spacecraft to the launch site in Kourou, through the final integration of the spacecraft with the launcher, to the launch of XMM (renamed XMM-Newton in February 2000).
Published: 10 December 1999
Rollout of the Ariane-5 rocket began today at 11:00 local time (07:00 UT). The stately progress of the giant tower towards the launch pad was watched by the XMM team and Arianespace personnel, members of the press and the children who won the XMM 'Draw me a Telescope' competition.
Published: 9 December 1999
After formally declaring the spacecraft ready for launch, the Readiness Review for the launcher took place on 8 December. A review held in the Arianespace Galilie building at the forward zone of the Spaceport.
Published: 9 December 1999
On Tuesday 7 December, the XMM team had a last peak at their baby, through a small opening in the Ariane-5 fairing. It was through this small hatch that the spacecraft was armed.
Published: 8 December 1999
Kourou, 5:00 on Monday 6 December. It was an early morning rise for the XMM campaign team for the launch dress rehearsal. Their colleagues from the launcher teams got up even earlier! The rehearsal took place in the Jupiter Mission Control, the Launch Control Centre (CDL3) and in the S1 building, and across the Atlantic at the XMM Mission Control centre in Germany.
Published: 6 December 1999
Although French Guiana's rainy season has officially arrived, there was not a cloud in sight on 3 December for the Ariane 40 which carried the Helios-1B reconnaissance satellite into orbit. The successful V124 flight allows the XMM campaign to move forward as planned.
Published: 4 December 1999
Whilst XMM is quietly sitting inside the fairing of the launcher attention is moving from the Final Assembly building area to the S1 check-out room.
Published: 2 December 1999
XMM is but a few days away from launch. All campaign operations are on track for a lift-off on 10 December. During the last functional tests before launch, all of XMM's science instruments behaved nominally. For instance, bellows pressure and vacuum readings of the EPIC cameras were all within their expected range. All instruments are considered ready for launch.
Published: 1 December 1999
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