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Tests Completed For Gaia Launcher Separation and Payload Module Acceptance Vibration
2012-10-30 09:54:41

ESA Testing of the separation of the Gaia Service Module from its Launch Vehicle Adapter has been completed, as have the acceptance vibration tests on the Payload Module. Two more important test campaigns have been completed, taking Gaia closer to launch readiness. The operation of the mechanism that will separate the spacecraft's Service Module (SVM) from the upper stage of its launcher has been verified and acceptance level vibration testing of the Payload Module (PLM) has been...


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