CONTOUR Status Report 4 Mar 2002

Status Report From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted: Monday, March 4, 2002

Last week, preparations for the thermal vacuum testing continued. On Thursday, the spacecraft was moved from a clean room tent to the large thermal vacuum (TV) chamber at GSFC. The large TV chamber at GSFC has its opening on a railing that allows the top portion to be moved for spacecraft entry. Spacecraft are lifted via crane into the chamber. Our picture of the week shows the CONTOUR spacecraft in mid-air in the GSFC high bay area on its way to the TV chamber. (The chamber is not visible in the picture.) In the lower right hand side of the picture, the top portion of the thermal shroud can be seen. This shroud is used to select the thermal conditions for the various tests within the chamber. The individual panels can be heated or cooled to simulate conditions expected during the mission. This shroud will go into the chamber over the spacecraft. (The other large item seen in the picture is a full size mock-up of the Hubble Space Telescope in the cargo bay of the space shuttle. This is the large vertical cylinder in the background of the picture. In the lower middle portion of the picture, a smaller clean room tent is seen with its plastic curtains.)

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