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Successful PROBA 2 Mechanical Fitcheck conducted for ROCKOT Launch

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:09 am
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(Eurockot) – PROBA 2, the small spacecraft currently being built by Verhaert Space, Belgium, for the European Space Agency (ESA), was successfully mated with its payload adapter ring on 24 July 2007. The adapter had been built and delivered to Verhaert by Khrunichev Space Center, the Russian parent company of Eurockot which was contracted by ESA to launch PROBA 2 as secondary payload.

PROBA 2, using new spacecraft technologies, will demonstrate operational autonomy in observing the sun and employing new space environment instruments. It will be launched together with the SMOS earth observation satellite on a combined ESA Rockot Mission in late 2008.

The mechanical fitcheck verifies the assembly of and accessibility to the adapter ring including the clearances for the umbilical and spacecraft harness

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