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Spacecraft Testing

December 12, 2012
An overhead crane lifts the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft from its stand by an overhead to cell 3 at the Spaceport Systems International payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The spacecraft will undergo inspection of its solar arrays and tests will be conducted on its propulsion subsystem. Further testing of the satellites various other systems will follow. After final testing, the spacecraft will be integrated to a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket in preparation for launch. Image credit: VAFB/Randy Beaudoin April 2, 2011