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19 Nov 2013, 14:46 UTC
We are back!
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Of course you have all noted that when we started our blog the launch date of Gaia was 20th November and now the countdown to launch shows 20th December. Why is that? Let’s start from the beginning. On Saturday, 19th … Continue reading →

From Cayenne to Orly and back, seat 3A was for the transponders.
Of course you have all noted that when we started our blog the launch date of Gaia was 20th November and now the countdown to launch shows 20th December. Why is that? Let’s start from the beginning.
On Saturday, 19th October, at about 16:30 when I was shutting down the computer in my office in Kourou and preparing for a sunny Sunday, I received a phone call from the person responsible for one of the key systems embarked on the spacecraft. There had been a failure on a satellite already in orbit and the analysis of the failure pointed towards a design mistake. The consequence was that the lifetime of a tiny and innocent transistor was at stake. In fact the poor components failed on the flying spacecraft not long after launch. After a careful check it was clear that a similar design was ...

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