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The pieces of the puzzle are coming together

21 Oct 2013, 13:16 UTC
The pieces of the puzzle are coming together
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The activities on the spacecraft are almost finished. The great achievement of last week was the smooth deployment of the sunshield. The Astrium and Sener teams are now giving the final touch to configure the satellite for flight. This week … Continue reading →

Gaia spacecraft in launch configuration before being moved to tanks pressurization test.
The activities on the spacecraft are almost finished. The great achievement of last week was the smooth deployment of the sunshield. The Astrium and Sener teams are now giving the final touch to configure the satellite for flight. This week we will check for the last time the leak tightness of the propellant tanks and then Gaia will be ready to move to another building (called S5A) where it will be fuelled.
Three Soyuz stages in integration centre MIK. The 3rd stage is in the forefront. The 1st and the 2nd stages are already integrated in the background. The 1st stage is constituted by the four lateral conical boosters.
With Gaia almost ready it was time to have a look to other pieces of the puzzle. We therefore paid a visit to the MIK building (MIK is the Russian acronym for the huge hall ...

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