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Testing Galileo

31/07/2017 3960 views
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Each Galileo satellite must go through a rigorous test campaign to assure its readiness for the violence of launch, airlessness and temperature extremes of Earth orbit.

Each one is despatched to a unique location in Europe to ensure its readiness prior to launch: a 3000 sq m cleanroom complex nestled in sandy dunes along the Dutch coast, filled with test equipment to simulate all aspects of spaceflight.

The test centre in Noordwijk – Europe’s largest satellite test site – is part of ESA’s main technical centre, but it is maintained and operated on a commercial basis on behalf of the Agency by a private company created for the purpose: European Test Services (ETS) B.V. Read more

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    Galileo arrival

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    Galileo arrival
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    Galileo satellite

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    Galileo satellite
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    Galileo on the move

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    Galileo on the move
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    Galileo beside Phenix chamber

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    Galileo beside Phenix chamber
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    Galileo on wooden platform

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    Galileo on wooden platform
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    Galileo in Maxwell chamber

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    Galileo in Maxwell chamber
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    Galileo on measuring machine

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    Galileo on measuring machine
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    Checking alignment

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    Checking alignment
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    Attachment of solar wing

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    Attachment of solar wing
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    Galileo solar wing

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    Galileo solar wing
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    Side view of deployed Galileo solar wing

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    Side view of deployed Galileo solar wing
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    Dark side of Galileo's solar wing

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    Dark side of Galileo's solar wing
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    Preparation for flash testing

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    Preparation for flash testing
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    Mirrored side of Galileo

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    Mirrored side of Galileo
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    Galileo in acoustic test chamber

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    Galileo in acoustic test chamber
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    Bottom of Galileo

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    Bottom of Galileo
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    Galileo search and rescue antenna

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    Galileo search and rescue antenna
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    Aerial view of ESA’s technical centre

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    Aerial view of ESA’s technical centre