ESA Science & Technology - Journal Archive
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
The Herschel fuelling procedure has been successfully completed - the reaction control system tanks are now fully loaded with 256 kg of hydrazine liquid.
Published: 15 April 2009
The past four weeks have been dedicated to the final Planck spacecraft preparations in the S1B cleanroom. The spacecraft is now ready to move to the S5A building for fuelling.
Published: 14 April 2009
The Herschel spacecraft has been moved from the S1B building to the S5B building where the hydrazine fuelling activities will be performed. Everything is in place for fuelling to be completed this week.
Published: 9 April 2009
The three scientific instruments on the Herschel payload have passed their functional tests and have been declared 'good to go'. This marks another milestone in the steady progress being made in preparing the spacecraft for launch.
Published: 12 March 2009
With the nominal launch date a few weeks away, the functional tests of the spacecraft sub-systems are nearly all completed and Planck has undergone its final cleaning during which the spacecraft's surface was closely inspected in UV light
Published: 11 March 2009
The last week of February has seen several important launch preparation activities with the Planck spacecraft, including the first functional tests, the spacecraft alignment stability tests, as well as the completion of the solar array integration
Published: 4 March 2009
Following its arrival at CSG the Herschel spacecraft was unpacked and inspected. The first of a series of final preparations to ready the spacecraft for launch - the final cleaning of the primary and secondary mirror - was completed.
Published: 27 February 2009
The Planck spacecraft has arrived at the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana, and has now joined the Herschel spacecraft in the S1B cleanroom, ready for functional tests.
Published: 23 February 2009
Following the conclusion of the Planck spacecraft test campaign the spacecraft has now been transported to Kourou in French Guiana, where it joins the Herschel spacecraft.
Published: 20 February 2009
The Herschel spacecraft arrived at Rochambeau airport, French Guiana, in the early hours of 12 February.
Published: 14 February 2009
The Herschel spacecraft has left Europe on the evening of 11 February on a flight with a large Antonov cargo airplane that has taken it to Rochambeau airport in French Guiana
Published: 13 February 2009
Published: 3 February 2009
On Thursday, 8 January 2009, the Herschel flight model spacecraft was lifted out of the Large Space Simulator at ESTEC, where it has successfully completed the last series of environmental tests. It is now completing a sequence of final functional tests before its departure for the launch site in Kourou.
Published: 21 January 2009
The science module of the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft has successfully completed a series of vibration tests on different shakers as part of the spacecraft's system level mechanical verification
Published: 19 December 2008
Published: 26 November 2008
In a series of dedicated tests the Planck flight model spacecraft has successfully demonstrated its ability to reach and maintain the extremely low operational temperatures required for its sophisticated instruments, down to 100 mK for the HFI detectors
Published: 17 November 2008
The Herschel spacecraft is now installed in the Large Space Simulator (LSS) at ESTEC ready for thermal balance and thermal vacuum tests. This is the final system test in the environmental test campaign series.
Published: 10 November 2008
LISA Pathfinder has successfully completed a series of tests devised to characterise the shocks that the spacecraft will experience at launcher separation and when the science and propulsion modules separate upon reaching the operational orbit at L1.
Published: 10 November 2008
Published: 23 September 2008
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