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STARDUST Status Report

June 5, 1998

Ken Atkins
STARDUST Project Manager

Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) activities: Excellent Progress this week by the Flight System & ATLO Team. The flight solar arrays were installed and characterized in less time than scheduled. The navigation camera (NavCam) installation was completed and end-to-end connectivity established and tested. This marks end-to-end check out and testing of all three active science interfaces on the flight system, e.g. dust flux monitor (DFM), cometary & interstellar dust analyzer (CIDA) and NavCam. A fit-check on the NavCam periscope was also completed. Solutions were developed for the waveguide and Power Control Assembly (PCA) interference issues reported last week and are being implemented. A successful exercise of a trajectory correction maneuver (TCM) with the software was run and preparations for the upcoming Spacecraft Performance Test #1 progressed well.

On the name collection campaign: As of June 4, more than 200,000 names have been received for the second Microchip. The "Zoom In On the Microchip" section of the Home Page is complete.

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