Wednesday, 5 August 2015

"The shoe fits" - Fit check with the launch vehicle

Exciting times for LISA pathfinder as the fit check with the Launch vehicle adaptor is successfully completed. 

This adaptor will act as the flight interface between the spacecraft and the Vega rocket.  The fit check is performed just after the manufacture of the adaptor and six or so months before the launch in order to confirm that the interface is correct and that the harness connects properly with the spacecraft enabling the ground operations team to successfully power and control the spacecraft once inside the rocket on the launch tower.
The full LPF Spacecraft atop the Vega launch vehicle adaptor - Image reproduced here with permission from Airbus Defence & Space Ltd.


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