WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING 8 MARCH 2002:
SPACE VEHICLE PREPARATIONS CONTINUE TOWARDS MODAL TEST
The solar array substrate was installed on the space vehicle in preparation for modal test. 63 of the 70 accelerometers to be used in the modal test have been installed and the forward thrusters have been connected to the space vehicle.
Photo: Michael Schermerhorn and Sean McCully with the Solar Array Alignment Tool installed on the GP-B Space Vehicle in the LM B/159 Acoustic Cell.
3 OF 4 GSS SYSTEMS THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING
Three of the four forward GSS boxes have successfully completed environmental testing. The tests included vibration, thermal vacuum, and functional test. These three boxes are now in extended functional test. The fourth forward GSS box is currently in thermal vacuum testing. Following the completion of the extended functional test, the boxes will be installed on the space vehicle.
Photo: The GSS flight boards before being incorporated into the electronics box.