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The Flight Models of Herschel's solar array panels and Sun shade are being assembled at ESTEC by Dutch Space engineers.
Published: 17 August 2007
The Herschel Cryostat has successfully completed a second test campaign in the Large Space Simulator, which was set up to verify the effects of repairs made after the first round of tests.
Published: 23 February 2007
On 21 January, the Herschel cryostat was lowered into the Large Space Simulator at ESTEC in preparation for a three week test period recreating scientific observing conditions
Published: 22 January 2007
Between 16 and 21 October, the Herschel SPIRE instrument underwent a series of tests at the ESTEC test centre in Noordwijk, as part of the Structural Thermal Model test campaign.
Published: 23 October 2006
On 12 September 2006, the Planck FM telescope, housed in the Planck Spacecraft Container, was loaded onto a truck and left ESTEC to be transported to the premises of Planck prime contractor Alcatel Alenia Space France in Cannes, France.
Published: 20 September 2006
The primary reflector for the Planck spacecraft flight model (FM), on its way back to Cannes after a test campaign in the ESTEC LSS test facility, meets for the first time the cryostat belonging to the Herschel spacecraft. The Herschel cryostat has just arrived at ESTEC for a test campaign that will also be performed in the LSS and will run over...
Published: 1 September 2006
Published: 1 September 2006
The Herschel core cryostat is back at ESTEC for verification of its thermal and lifetime performance under close-to-space conditions inside the Large Space Simulator.
Published: 29 August 2006
The Planck Telescope Flight Model has performed well during a two-week test in cold-vacuum conditions down to -178 degrees Celsius, and the results of the measurements are now being studied in detail.
Published: 15 August 2006
During the last week, specialist from the AAS-F and ESA Planck project have carefully aligned the Planck Telescope Flight Model as well as prepared and verified the videogrammetry set-up foreseen to verify the Planck telescope alignment in vacuum and cold conditions inside the Large Space Simulator (LSS).
Published: 13 July 2006
On 28 June, the Planck Flight Model Telescope was transferred to the Large Space Simulator at ESTEC, where it will undergo a major test under vacuum and at low temperatures (~100K) in the coming weeks.
Published: 29 June 2006
Saturday, 24 June, the Planck telescope flight model transport arrived at the ESTEC site in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Here it will undergo videogrammetry testing at low temperatures inside the Large Space Simulator to measure the telescope's deformation under these conditions.
Published: 27 June 2006
The Planck telescope Flight Model (FM) has been put on a transport at Alcatel Alenia Space in Cannes for its journey to ESTEC in Noordwijk the Netherlands. Here it will undergo deformation testing at low temperatures (100-110K) in the Large Space Simulator.
Published: 23 June 2006
The Planck telescope will be tested soon at low temperature (100-110K) in the Large Space Simulator test facility at ESTEC. The objective of this test is to measure the deformations of the fully integrated Planck Flight Model telescope at low temperatures with video-grammetry.
Published: 24 May 2006
The final preparations for the 17-day thermal test campaign of the Planck Flight Model are well under way at the Centre Spatial de Liège.
Published: 8 March 2006
The Herschel Structural Model spacecraft is being prepared for a series of qualification tests in the acoustic test chamber, LEAF, in ESTEC.
Published: 6 March 2006
Published: 2 March 2006
The Radio Frequency Qualification Model (RFQM) of Planck is being prepared in the Compact Antenna Test Range of Alcatel Alenia Space in Cannes, France.
Published: 13 February 2006
Published: 7 February 2006
Published: 1 February 2006
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