SPOT 6 Instrument Connected to Satellite ‘Bus’ StructureDecember 2011
SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 are taking shape together in the clean room. In September, a key milestone was reached when the SPOT 6 instrument was connected to its satellite bus structure. The story so far…
The story begins in late November 2010 with the arrival of SPOT 6’s mechanical structure at Astrium’s clean room in Toulouse.
December 2010 - Preparation of SPOT 6’s structure
The hexagonal-shaped bus structure, modelled on a honeycomb, offers optimal compactness and stiffness.
February 2011 - Integration of the propulsion module
The hydrazine propellant tank and thrusters are integrated in the mechanical structure.
September 2011 - Instrument-bus join
The SPOT 6 instrument is hoisted above the bus and then lowered gently for connection.
November 2011 - Finalisation of SPOT 6 integration
The instrument is connected to the bus and SPOT 6 will soon be ready for thermal, electromagnetic compatibility, structural, mechanical and space environment testing. The satellite has an expected design life of 10 years in orbit.