Thermal Blanket Patterns Completed
The thermal blanket patterns for the Aquarius bipod were completed after routing the flight harness from the SAC-D Service Platform (S/P) to Aquarius (see photo, at right). A fit check of half the sunshade was completed to verify the clearance of the Aquarius ground lug as well as the blanket interface with the S/P top deck.
Engineers also verified the grounding resistance between the S/P top deck (near ground strap lug) to the Aquarius Instrument Connector Bracket (AICB), and it met the requirement with margin. The Aquarius Electrical Ground Support Equipment (all the non-flight test equipment we used to connect to Instrument to power and communicate) cables were installed and secured in preparation for Observatory functional testing next week.
Completing the thermal blankets
Completing the thermal blankets.