ESA Science & Technology - Journal Archive
4 August 2008Mechanical tests on the Herschel flight model spacecraft were successfully completed on 3 July 2008. On that day, the last vibration test was performed on the multi-axis hydraulic shaker at ESTEC. The spacecraft is currently undergoing electrical tests and will later be prepared for the forthcoming environmental tests scheduled for September.
26 June 2008The first phase of the thermal balance / thermal vacuum (TBTV) test campaign has started for the Planck spacecraft, which is now inside the vacuum test chamber at Centre Spatial de Liège that is used to simulate the cold vacuum conditions of space
30 May 2008Preparations for the upcoming thermal balance / thermal vacuum (TBTV) test of the Planck spacecraft are well under way at the test facilities of Centre Spatial de Liège. On Monday 19 May, the Planck spacecraft was placed inside the FOCAL-5 test chamber for a fit check.
24 October 2007The recently concluded test campaign of the Planck Radio Frequency Qualification Model (RFQM) has proven the planned RF verification method which will now also be used to test the Flight Model of the Planck telescope early next year
13 September 2007Engineers from Dutch Space are installing the flight model Herschel solar array and sunshade in the Large European Acoustic Facility at ESTEC, where the assembly will be subjected to noise levels that simulate launch conditions.
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