STARDUST Status Report
April 3, 1998
STARDUST Project Manager
Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) activities: ATLO effort
continued wrapping the harness, building/installing the main particle
"Whipple" shield, installing the CIDA (Cometary and Interstellar Dust Analyzer)
keep-alive power (defined last week) converter and preparing for the solar
array switching unit (SASU) interface test. Preparations continued for
installing the flight solar arrays and for the arrival of many key assemblies
for system integration later this month.
The thermal vacuum test on the Sample Return Capsule (SRC) was completed on
both hot and cold cycles. This is to ensure assemblies and wiring have a
lot of margin for any expected thermal environments on the mission.
Additional testing is planned on the deployment mechanisms.
Testing of the Payload & Attitude Control Interface (PACI) board with the
Cometary & Interstellar Dust Analyzer (CIDA) electronics simulator and the
star camera and IMU simulations continued without problems.
Opportunity and Outreach: Increased distribution of informational bookmarks
continued. The Challenger Centers received a supply for their students who
will be participating in their "Rendezvous with a Comet" educational
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