ESA Science & Technology - Journal Archive
Integration of the Flight Model of the Gaia Payload Module has been completed. It has undergone acceptance vibration testing; thermal balance and thermal vacuum testing will be carried out towards the end of this year.
Published: 17 September 2012
The Protoflight Model of the Gaia Service Module has successfully completed thermal balance and thermal vacuum testing in the SIMLES chamber at Intespace Toulouse.
Published: 10 September 2012
The BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft Structural and Thermal Model has undergone testing to demonstrate the spacecraft can withstand the shocks induced at two key events during the launch phase.
Published: 27 August 2012
The BepiColombo Structural and Thermal Model test campaign has passed another milestone with the completion of sine vibration testing at qualification level along all three spacecraft axes.
Published: 17 August 2012
The mass properties of the BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft have been measured. This is the first time that the spacecraft structural and thermal model has been fully integrated.
Published: 10 July 2012
The phased array antenna that Gaia will use to send its science data to Earth has been delivered and integrated onto the Service Module.
Published: 6 July 2012
The mass properties of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter have been measured using specialist equipment in ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).
Published: 20 June 2012
The Structural and Thermal Models of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter and Mercury Transfer Module were mated for the first time on 11 April 2012. The mating was performed to accurately position the inter-module hardware on the transfer module.
Published: 27 April 2012
The protoflight models of Gaia's two Basic Angle Monitor (BAM) Opto-Mechanical Assembly (OMA) bars have been delivered to the spacecraft Prime Contractor and are being prepared for integration into the Gaia Payload Module.
Published: 11 April 2012
The Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter SM arrived at ESTEC last month, having been flown from Japan. In the coming weeks, the four components of the Mercury Composite Spacecraft will be prepared for the next test campaign.
Published: 7 December 2011
Deployment testing of the Gaia Flight Model Deployable Sunshield Assembly has been successfully completed in preparation for the spacecraft mechanical test campaign.
Published: 2 December 2011
Thermal-balance testing of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Structural and Thermal Model, which has been under way in ESA's Large Space Simulator since 20 September, has been successfully completed.
Published: 12 October 2011
The installation of high-temperature thermal blankets on the Structural and Thermal Model of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter has been completed.
Published: 5 September 2011
Published: 23 August 2011
This is the first entry in the BepiColombo Test Campaign Journal, a series of articles covering the main events during the integration and testing of the Structural and Thermal Models (STM) and the Proto-Flight Models (PFM) of the four major components that make up the BepiColombo composite spacecraft stack.
Published: 5 August 2011
On Sunday 10 May the Ariane 5 ECA fairing was lowered over the Herschel spacecraft and the SYLDA, under which the Planck spacecraft sits, to be integrated finally with the launcher. Both spacecraft are now ready for the launch on 14 May at 13:12 UTC.
Published: 12 May 2009
The Herschel and Planck spacecraft now stand together in the launch configuration, above one another at the top of the Ariane launcher, at the European spaceport in Kourou
Published: 11 May 2009
After the successful fuelling of the Planck spacecraft in the S5A building a week earlier, the spacecraft was transferred to the final assembly building (Bâtiment d'Assemblage Final, or BAF), where it now has been mated with the Ariane 5 ECA launcher.
Published: 29 April 2009
One of the last activities to take place in S5B is the filling of the Herschel cryostat with liquid helium and its conversion into superfluid helium-II.
Published: 28 April 2009
The Planck spacecraft has been fully fuelled with 384 kg of liquid propellant at the European spaceport in Kourou, completing another milestone in the launch campaign
Published: 20 April 2009
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