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Solar Orbiter array deployment test

Solar Orbiter array deployment test


Date: 20 March 2019
Satellite: Solar Orbiter
Location: IABG facilities in Ottobrunn, Germany
Copyright: ESA – S. Corvaja

ESA's Solar Orbiter undergoing a solar array deployment test at the IABG facilities in Ottobrunn, Germany on 21 March 2019. The solar panels are suspended from above to simulate the weightlessness of space. Click here to watch a video of the full deployment test.

Solar Orbiter will perform a close-up study of our Sun from within the orbit of planet Mercury. It will combine in situ and remote sensing measurements to gain new information about the how our local star works.

Solar Orbiter is an ESA-led mission with NASA participation.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
22-Sep-2019 16:07 UT

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