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Installation on the launch adapter

12 Dec 2013, 16:23 UTC
Installation on the launch adapter
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Following the filling of the tanks, the Gaia satellite enters the Combined Operations Phase: the “COP”. This involves all the different stages by which the satellite is put on to the launcher, the launcher is put on the launch pad, … Continue reading →

Gaia with its hoisting mechanism and the launch adapter on the right.
Following the filling of the tanks, the Gaia satellite enters the Combined Operations Phase: the “COP”. This involves all the different stages by which the satellite is put on to the launcher, the launcher is put on the launch pad, and the launch itself.
All of the activities on the satellite are carried out at this time according to a schedule established by Arianespace, who also manage all of the active participants of this combined phase: Astrium as the prime contractors of the satellite, Roscosmos for the Russian launcher, RUAG for the payload adapter and the clamp band, Arianespace or its subcontractors for the electrical testing of the launcher, and CNES for the implementation of the ground services and cleanrooms.
Manoeuvre of Gaia across from the fuelling stage.
The first stage of the Combined Operations Phase is the installation of Gaia on the launch ...

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