Flight Acceptance Review Completed
4 July 2005A major milestone in the life of Venus Express occurred on 1 July in ESTEC, Noordwijk, with the completion of the Flight Acceptance Review Board meeting. Activities are now concentrated on completing final spacecraft preparations and finishing any open work needed before moving to Baikonur early in August.
The spacecraft has completed all environmental and functional system testing successfully and is showing that the suite of instruments is working well together in harmony with the spacecraft operations. The system tests typically simulate the type of science operations that eventually will be performed around Venus and are, in fact, based on the design driving scenarios established early in the process of spacecraft design.
The emphasis now moves to placing the spacecraft in the configuration for the transport to Kazakhastan via air transport in an Antonov 124.