WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING 1 JUNE 2001:
ARTIFICAL STAR PAYLOAD TEST NEARING COMPLETION
The Artificial Star III team has successfully performed a battery of Payload Verification II tests during the past week. Most test procedures have been performed and nearly all the data have been reduced. A few unresolved issues remain on the focus of AS3 that effect the results from the tests. These items are being investigated to confirm the scale factor and Strehl ratio of the telescope. The plan is for the team to complete the Payload Verification Test II operations this weekend and to remove the Artificial Star this coming Monday.
Small Photo: The Artificial Star on a crane during its move to the payload testing area.
Large Photo, counter clockwise from the top, (click small photo to view): AS3 during the move, arriving at the FISTOps test area, and finally attached to the payload during testing.
SRE DELIVERED FOR PAYLOAD TEST
One forward and one aft SRE have been delivered to Stanford to support the upcoming flight electronics checkout on the payload. The second forward unit is planned to be delivered to Stanford next week.
SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED SPACECRAFT INTERPOINT REWORK
The GP-B team successfully completed post-Interpoint power supply rework testing of the Attitude Control Electronics (A and B side), including interfaces to the coarse sun sensor, magnetometer, mass trim mechanisms, thruster isolation valves (TIV), remotely actuated valves (RAV), thrusters, magnetic torque rods, sunshade shutter, CCCA (A) and 1553 cross-strapping. These activities also sucessfully completed the post acoustic testing of the sunshade shutter including open, close and launch mode cycles.
Photo: LM Engineers Jon Kirschenbaum, Phil Rittmuller, and Paul Dulgov during illumination of the coarse sun sensor in the LM B/205 High Bay.