After completion of the functional tests for the Integral scientific satellite at the Baikonur launch base (Kazakhstan) earlier this month, the propellant tanks have now been filled with hydrazine in preparation for the scheduled launch on October 17th.
In parallel, activities are ongoing to complete the assembly of the Proton launcher.
Integral (INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory) is a space observatory to identify and study Gamma radiation sources in the Universe.
The satellite has been developed by a European industrial team in which Alenia Spazio has acted as prime contractor co-ordinating the activities of some 30 subcontractors.
The successful end of the C/D phase came in July with the Flight Acceptance Review (FAR), carried out by ESA, which confirmed that all the on-board resources could guarantee the success of the foreseen five-year mission.
Alenia Spazio then officially delivered the satellite to ESA and was authorised to start the preparations for the launch.