Attaching wires for observatory electrical integration
Attaching wires for observatory electrical integration.
Significant Milestones in the Electrical Integration Process Passed
All Aquarius electrical interfaces have successfully been connected to the SAC-D Service Platform (S/P). The S/P has now replaced the Aquarius Electrical Ground Support Equipment (i.e., all the non-flight test equipment that was used to connect to Instrument to power and communicate) for the operation of the instrument. Thus Aquarius is now receiving power and commands from the S/P and Aquarius telemetry and hi-rate data are being returned via the S/P. Telemetry and data files downlinked by the S/P match the files collected from an Aquarius direct-access test port, verifying the data flow from the instrument through the S/P. These successful tests represent significant milestones in the Aquarius Electrical Integration process.