Just in this morning from Charlotte at the start of a busy and crucial day at Kourou: installation of the fairing and encapsulation of ATV Johannes Kepler. She has also send in some neat photos. Thanks Charlotte!
D – 9 : Today is fairing day
Kourou, 4 February 2011 – Friday
This day is fixed in the launcher schedule - which means that it always occurs eight working days before the launch. Depending on how the work is going, this can be with or without Saturdays and Sundays.
We are just about to start the next-to-last main inspection check point before authorising the fairing. The last check point comes at 11:00 [15:00 CET] today - just before Arianespace starts hoisting the fairing at 12:00 [16:00 CET]. (She sent us the photos around 14:30 CET - Ed.)
ATV with most of its protection removed. Astrium people are busy putting the protection back into its casings for transport back to S5C.
When I leave the ATV BAF platform, on my way, I see the Arianespace teams who have made lots of progress. It's looking good!
The Solar Array Protections.
Just like aircraft protection, the thrusters are marked with bold RED flags so that the protection cannot