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Checking the Flight Payload Adapter Fitting
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Checking the Flight Payload Adapter Fitting

January 30, 2013
During prelaunch tests, TIMED engineers check the spacecraft's Flight Payload Adapter Fitting — a ring that connects the spacecraft to the launch vehicle — to ensure the spacecraft and launch vehicle will fit together properly when they meet at the launch pad. These tests were conducted at NASA Goddard's Space Flight Center in November 1999.