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Assembly of the Planck Proto-flight Model
30 November 2005The assembly of the Planck Proto-flight Model has been completed in AAS-F in Cannes. The two main modules constituting the satellite: the payload module and the service module were joined together for the first time last week.
Herschel Structural and Thermal Qualification Model
30 November 2005The assembly of the Herschel Structural and Thermal Qualification model has been completed in ESTEC. The two main modules constituting the satellite: the payload module and the service module were joined together for the first time last week.
Venus Express Launch
8 November 2005Venus Express has successfully launched from Baikonur and, following a successful second firing of the Fregat stage, is on course for Venus. The solar panels have succesfully deployed and the spacecraft is powered.
Venus Express Launch Dress Rehearsal
7 November 2005
Monday 7 November, saw the full dress rehearsal of the Venus Express launch, simulating the events due to take place this Wednesday.
Pre-launch Sequence
6 November 2005
The Venus Express spacecraft pre-launch sequence was executed on 6 November, bringing the spacecraft one step closer to launch.
Roll Out to Launch Pad
5 November 2005The Soyuz rocket carrying the Venus Express spacecraft has rolled out to launch pad 6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in advance of the launch on Wednesday 9 November.
Final Integration
5 November 2005On Friday 4 November the final integration of the Soyuz launch vehicle with the Venus Express Spacecraft atop has taken place in the MIK-40 integration building.
New Launch Date for Venus Express
3 November 2005Following the initial launch delay due to contamination, the Venus Express spacecraft has been cleaned and is currently undergoing final checks before integration with the launcher.
Mating of Upper Composite with Third Stage
19 October 2005After a train journey of five and a half hours, the upper composite containing the Venus Express spacecraft was mechanically mated with the third stage, or Block I, of the Soyuz three-stage launch vehicle.
Transport to Final Launcher Assembly Building
18 October 2005
The upper composite, containing the Venus Express spacecraft, was prepared by the Russian launcher team for transport to the final launcher assembly building on Tuesday, 18 October.
Fairing Installation
17 October 2005
The Venus Express spacecraft is now ready for integration with the Soyuz launch vehicle after it was successfully installed inside its protective fairing.
Arming Onboard Pyrotechnics
14 October 2005

The arming of the onboard pyrotechnics has taken the Venus Express spacecraft one step closer to launch.

Venus Express Umbilical Connections Tests
13 October 2005
After a successful mating with the Fregat upper stage, the Venus Express spacecraft was switched-on for testing of the umbilical connections through which the spacecraft is powered and commanded while still on the ground.
Venus Express Mated with Fregat
12 October 2005
With less than two weeks before launch, the Venus Express spacecraft and Launch Vehicle Adapter are mechanically mated with the launcher's upper stage at Baikonur.
Installation for Space Simulator Test
21 September 2005Preparations for the upcoming test of the Herschel payload module in the large space simulator at ESTEC are well underway, with the installation of the module in the test facility.
Planck Qualification Model
21 September 2005The Planck Qualification Model is being tested at the Centre Spatial de Liège, where it currently resides in the thermal vacuum chamber.
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