Status Report

Rosetta Launch Campaign Gets Underway

By SpaceRef Editor
November 5, 2003
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04 Nov 2003 16:00

The 2nd Rosetta Launch Campaign started formally on 24 October 2003. The status today, 3 November, is that the Alenia AIV team has succesfully mounted the High Gain Antenna (HGA) on the spacecraft and we are ready for the HGA deployment test.

In parallel the Dutch Space solar panel experts are doing everything to ensure that the Rosetta Solar Array’s are ready to fly. Both solar arrays are still currently dismounted and they are being inspected on the solar array rig. Once this is finished the arrays are mounted on the spacecraft for the final deployment test.

Solar Array On Rig (Front)

Solar Array On Rig (Rear)

Solar Cell Inspection

HGA mounted on Rosetta

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