Following its arrival 15 November at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, COROT was immediately transferred to the MIK 112 integration and test building, where it will remain until shortly before launch.
Here, the satellite has undergone a series of functional clean-room tests to check that it is unscathed after its journey, which it made in a particularly comfortable 15-tonne Spacebus 4000 pressurized container, from Alcatel Alenia Space’s Telecoms product line.
A long pit stop
Paving the way for future French-Russian cooperation
COROT’s launch will be the 1st flight for the new third-stage RD-124 full-flow engine, which recently completed a comprehensive series of ground qualification tests.
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