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Proba-2, final checks
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Entry 1: Belgium says goodbye to Proba-2

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1 July 2009 - Proba-2, one of the smallest satellites ESA has ever built for space, is leaving its Belgian homeland. Its development and testing complete, the satellite is being packed up for the first leg of its journey to orbit - shipment to the distant Plesetsk launch site in northern Russia.

Like Proba-1 before it, Proba-2 was constructed for ESA by Verhaert Design & Development in the East Flanders town of Kruibeke, with the support of the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office. Belgian Minister for Science Policy Sabine Laruelle joined visited the company to bid farewell to the satellite, which is scheduled to launch in November.

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Proba-2, final checks
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Entry 1: Belgium says goodbye to Proba-2

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Loading of Proba-2 container in cargo plane at Brussels airport
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Entry 2: Proba-2's journey to Plesetsk

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Transport of Proba-2 container to the MIK
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Entry 3: Unpacking after the trip

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Opening of the Proba-2 satellite container in the cleanroom
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Entry 4: Proba-2 unloaded and ready for inspection

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Hoisting of satellite from its container and assembly of integration dolly
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Entry 5: Proba-2 powered up

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Inspection of Proba-2 internal compartments
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Entry 6: End-to-end testing

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Filling of the propulsion tank with xeon
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Entry 7: Filling Proba-2 up with xenon

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Mounting of the first deployable solar panel
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Entry 8: Proba-2 gains a solar panel

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Mounting of solar panel
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Entry 9: Proba-2 gains its second ‘wing’

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Proba-2 with solar panels mounted
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Entry 10: Completing Proba-2

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Proba-2 final full functional test
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Entry 11: Putting Proba-2 to the test

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Proba-2 launch team group picture at the museum
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Entry 12: Checking launch tower links

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Proba-2 back in its storage container in the cleanroom
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Entry 13: Letting SMOS take its turn

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Proba-2 team arrival at Plesetsk Cosmodrome
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Entry 14: Second phase of Proba-2 launch campaign begins

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ESP mounting on the final panel
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Entry 15: Last bolts tightened on Proba-2

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Proba-2
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Entry 16: A short journey off the ground – Proba-2 mated to…

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Proba-2 in its final launch position, on top of Breeze
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Entry 17: Proba-2 mated onto Breeze upper stage

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Removal of Proba-2 protective covers
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Entry 18: Encapsulated, Proba-2 vanishes from view forever

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Encapsulation
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Entry 19: Proba-2 in place and powered up

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SMOS, Proba-2 and Khrunichev teams
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Entry 20: Rail ride to the launch pad

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Joined dress rehearsal of Proba-2 and SMOS in MCC
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Entry 21: Far-flung dress rehearsal for launch

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