Venus Express Testing in Alenia
12 July 2004The Venus Express spacecraft, with all panels open, under assembly and test in Alenia, Torino (3 July 2004). Most of the spacecraft units providing power, radio-frequency, attitude control and on board data handling functions have been mounted on the structure and tested.
Payload units are expected in the July and August time frame. After that, the complete spacecraft will start to be tested at system level first in ambiant conditions, then in simulated space environment.