Testing Solar Orbiter
The Solar Orbiter spacecraft is undergoing important pre-launch tests at the IABG National Space Centre in Ottobrunn, Germany, ahead of its launch, scheduled for February 2020.
The mission will study the Sun, but first the spacecraft must pass vibration, acoustic and shock tests. This will ensure the spacecraft can withstand the stresses of lift off and the extreme environments it will encounter while in orbit around the Sun – from the coldness of space, 150 million km away, to temperatures up to 500 ºC reached when it will be a mere 46 million km away, closer than Mercury.
Solar Orbiter is an ESA-led mission with strong NASA participation. The spacecraft was built and is being tested by Airbus.
This film contains interviews with César García, ESA Solar Orbiter Project Manager, and Ian Walters, Solar Orbiter Project Manager at Airbus Defence and Space.
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Thank you, ESA! Keep up the great work! 👍
So basically you are shouting at the satellite to make sure it can withstand all kinds of stress from launch to deployment.
Muy buen reportaje con una buena ecplicacion.
Awesome work People.
@03:30 "To insure that Solar Orbiter is ready for the spotlight" It is NOT a spotlight ! it is the SUN, a real star !
Good job and great mission runs successfully 👍👍
ESA is great 💪
500°C Ha? And exactly what metals can withstand that heat? Ridiculous.
Nice! Didn't know it's beeing tested in my neighbourhood. Ottobrunn/Neubiberg <3
Excelente, ESA descubriendo nuevas cosas del universo y educando al planeta.
Os testes são fundamentais para que as missões sejam bem sucedidas! Enfrentar o sol … e as suas ejecçoes de massa solar é de facto ter projectado uma máquina que resista a estas … é que se está for mais forte que o habitual e suficiente para lançar o nosso planeta no caos mais profundo?? A nossa estrela ainda muito tem para nos dizer não é? O sol no olhar dos cientistas e o hélio centrico faz parte deste projecto solar!!
Good work esa.
I hope this mission give us some more knowledge about sun and protect from space weather
ESA é a melhor agência Espacial 😊