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LISA Pathfinder Spacecraft Test Phase About To Start

The Development Model of the On Board Computer ready for integration with the Onboard Software, the TM/TC Front End Equipment and the Central Checkout System. The integration will take place at Astrium Ltd in Stevenage. Photo courtesy EADS Astrium.
by Staff Writers
Ottobrun, Germany (SPX) Jan 18, 2007
The first test article of the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft, the Development Model of the On Board Computer has arrived at the prime contractor facilities of Astrium Ltd, Stevenage, UK in the last week of December 2006. This model has been manufactured by Astrium GmbH in Ottobrun, Germany and is capable to support all the test activities at Real-Time test bench level.

The initial integration with the Onboard Software, the TM/TC Front End Equipment and the Central Checkout System will take place at Stevenage before the DM OBC is delivered to Astrium GmbH in Friedrichshafen for integration into the Drag Free Attitude Control System (DFACS) Test Bench in March 2007.

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