March 1, 2012
Loading RBSP Into Thermal Vacuum Testing: The One-Minute Video Version
This one-minute video, taken on Feb. 21, is a compressed version of the loading of NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probe satellites into two identical thermal vacuum testing chambers. The process of actually lifting the spacecraft into the chambers took less than half an hour, and followed many days of preparation by the RBSP team at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.
RBSP is scheduled for launch no earlier than Aug. 15, 2012, from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. APL built the RBSP spacecraft for NASA and manages the mission. The RBSP mission is part of NASA's Living With a Star program, guided by the Heliophysics Division of the NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate in Washington.
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